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South Head tunnels tour

Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

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Discover historic tunnels carved out of the sandstone beneath South Head, Sydney Harbour National Park, on this 1.8km guided tour.

When

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

Tour dates:

2017: Thursday 19 October and Sunday 26 November 2017

2018: Sunday 21 January, Thursday 22 February, Sunday 25 March and Sunday 27 May 2018

Where
South Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
Accessibility
No disabled access
Grade
Medium. Suitable for adults and teens 16 years and over, with a medium level of fitness.
Price

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

Meeting point
Hornby Lighthouse, South 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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South Head was a key location in the defence of Sydney Harbour from the 1870s until World War II. During this tour you'll explore the rarely opened tunnels carved out of the sandstone beneath South Head. These tunnels led to the magazines where gun powder was stored. We'll also explore the gun emplacements where that gun powder was used. During your tour you'll learn about the tragic sinking of the Dunbar, in which 121 people perished. We'll also find out about Hornby Lighthouse, which was constructed to prevent future shipwrecks.

It's a good idea to bring walking shoes, a torch, and clothes to suit the weather.

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