School excursionSpecial Offer
Tour de Forts Middle Head
Stage 5 (Years 9-10), History, Sydney Harbour National Park
School excursions in NSW national parks
We are currently taking bookings for school excursions. Not all excursions are being delivered as per the usual program due to rules outlined by NSW Health. Alternative learning options with NPWS include online digital resources or incursions delivered at your school. Please contact your National Parks education contact or the relevant local park office for more information.
In the early days of colonial Sydney, the Middle Head area formed a key line of defence against attack via sea. This Tour de Forts history excursion for Stage 5 students (Years 9-10) explores these fortifications, including lookouts, gun placements and ammunition stores.
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Students will navigate tunnels and passages and learn what drove this new and distant colony to invest in these hastily built defensive structures.
Through stories and anecdotes students will gain an in-depth understanding of the geographical remoteness and vulnerability the new colony felt at the time. They'll explore why the colony took the decisions and actions they did in response to their circumstances.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 5 (Years 9-10)|
HT5-1. Explains and assesses the historical forces and factors that shaped the modern world and Australia
HT5-2. Sequences and explains the significant patterns of continuity and change in the development of the modern world and Australia
HT5-4. Explains and analyses the causes and effects of events and developments in the modern world and Australia
HT5-7. Explains different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the modern world and Australia
HT5-9. Applies a range of relevant historical terms and concepts when communicating an understanding of the past
- Guided. Available September to July during the school week. Not available June, July or August, because the endangered bent wing bat hibernates in the Middle Head tunnels throughout the winter months.
- Middle Head – Gubbuh Gubbuh, Sydney Harbour National Park
- 1hr 30min
$16 per student. Minimum 20 students. Price includes GST.
- Meeting point
- Boom gate entrance to 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.
- 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. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.
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