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Beehive Casemate tour

Sydney Harbour National Park


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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.


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

2019 tour dates: Friday 26 April, Sunday 26 May, Sunday 18 August, Sunday 13 October and Sunday 8 December.

2020 tour dates: Sunday 12 January, Thursday 23 January, Sunday 9 February, Sunday 22 March, Friday 24 April and Sunday 24 May.

Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
No wheelchair access
Easy. Suitable for adults and teens, 16 years and over

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