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Middle Head

“My dad took me to Middle Head when I had a school project on Australia’s military history. It really helped me understand everything so much better.”

Middle Head is a superb lookout spot in Sydney Harbour National Park. From this outstanding vantage point, you can follow the Pacific Ocean to the horizon, framed by North and South Heads. The panoramic view extends to the Eastern Suburbs, Middle Harbour and Manly.

In addition to enjoying sensational views, you can find out more about Middle Head’s military significance. Walk the Don Goodsir track to the 1801 Forts, built in response to a feared French invasion, or explore the tunnels, sandstone gun pits and infamous Vietnam War-era 'Tiger Cages'. Guided tours of the Fort are available between October and May.

When you are finished exploring why not relax on nearby Cobblers Beach and enjoy the picturesque cove.

Take a virtual tour of Middle Head on Google Street View.


Getting there

Getting there:

Middle Head is in the Middle Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

  • From Mosman, follow Middle Harbour Road to the end
  • It's approximately 100m walk from the carpark to Middle Head Forts and lookout.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at the Harbour Trust carpark in Best Avenue, Mosman.

Important info


  • Drinking water
  • Lookout
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • There is no public vehicle access to Middle Head
  • If you are visiting Middle Head’s military fortifications, be sure to wear sturdy footwear and bring a torch
  • Tours are not available between June and September because the tunnels are occupied by bent-wing bats that hibernate there
  • Obelisk and Cobbler beaches at Middle Head are clothing-optional
  • You can hire this lookout as a venue for weddings, photo shoots and other events
  • For group tours of Middle Head, please phone (02) 9337 7012.

Wheelchair access:


For venue hire, vehicle access for disabled visitors can be arranged with prior notice.


National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)

Mosman (venue information and bookings), Phone: (02) 9960 6266

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Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan