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Beehive Casemate tour

Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

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NPWS is conducting a series of guided tours of this historic fortification in Sydney Harbour National Park. We'll explore the rarely opened Beehive Casemate as part of this tour at Middle Head, near Mosman.

When

Tour times: 10.30am–11.15am, 11.30am–12.15am and 12.30pm–1.15pm

Tour dates:

2017: Sunday 27 August, Sunday 29 October and Tuesday 21 November 2017.

2018: Sunday 7 January, Wednesday 24 January, Sunday 25th February, Wednesday 21 March and Sunday 29 April 2018.

Where
Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
Accessibility
No disabled access
Grade
Easy. Suitable for adults and teens, 16 years and over
Price

Adult $25 per person. Concession $20 per person.

Meeting point
Near the NSW National Parks flag on Chowder Bay Road, Georges Head. Meet 15 minutes before your tour.
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for more information or book online.
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The Beehive Casement battery was built in 1872 as part of the outer line of defence for Sydney Harbour. Normally all you'll see of the battery are three 3.7m x 2.1m-high openings in a cliff face. On this tour you'll go beneath the cliffs of Obelisk Bay, Sydney Harbour to view the inside of the fortification. You'll also gain an insight into what the soldiers did for entertainment during World War I.

It's a good idea to wear sturdy walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, snacks, drinking water and a torch.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour Islands. Fort Denison can only be visited on a tour. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands Island, all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

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      (02) 9337 5511
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
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    • Mosman
      (02) 9960 6266
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Wednesday to Friday
    • Governors Road, Middle Head, Mosman NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9960 3965
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Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan