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South Head tunnels tour

Sydney Harbour National Park


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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.


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

2019 tour times: Sunday 12 May, Tuesday 18 June, Sunday 28 July, Sunday 8 September, Thursday 17 October and Sunday 17 November.

2020 tour times: Sunday 5 January, Thursday 16 January, Sunday 15 March, Thursday 23 April, Sunday 10 May and Thursday 11 June.

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

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

Meeting point
Hornby Lighthouse, South Head. Meet 15 minutes before your tour.
Bookings required. Phone 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. 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