Tour de Forts - Middle Head
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Sydney Harbour National Park
This excursion in Sydney Harbour National Park is for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students and focuses on HSIE. Students will visit observation posts, searchlights, gun emplacements and other defensive structures at Middle Head.
Read more about Tour de Forts - Middle Head
The Middle Head forts complex covers 150 years of military history and contains one of the oldest surviving colonial fortifications - the 1801 fort above Obelisk Beach. This school tour will also visit underground tunnels constructed in the 1870s.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 2 (Years 3-4)|
HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
HT2-3. Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
HT2-4. Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
- Guided. Available on request.
- Middle Head – Gubbuh Gubbuh, Sydney Harbour National Park
- 1hr 30min
Minimum $325 for up to 25 students, $13 per student (includes GST)
- Meeting point
- Middle Head
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-2-hsie-tour-de-fort-sydney-harbour-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Sydney Harbour
- 02 9668 2006
- 02 9337 7012
- 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.
Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Tour de Forts - Middle Head.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
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
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Paid parking is available at Middle Head carpark. Follow Middle Head Road past the Chowder Bay Road roundabout, to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust managed carparks.
Four hours free parking is available for NPWS Annual Pass holders along sections of Chowder Bay Road. Please check the parking meter for the NPWS logo to ensure your vehicle is parked in an NPWS managed carpark.
What to bring
Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).
Maps and downloads
Risk assessment and risk benefits
Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.
We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.
Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.
Disability access level - hard
Limited wheelchair access. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so we can plan accordingly.