Defence of Sydney Tour
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UPDATE: Due to popular demand, and current restrictions on maximum tour attendance, tickets for our Defence of Sydney Tours have sold out. Don't worry – we'll be releasing tickets for additional tour dates, commencing 4 April, shortly.


The Defence of Sydney Tour is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the men and women who served at North Fort, a former army base at North Head Sanctuary, Manly that once protected Sydney Harbour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will marvel at heritage gun emplacements and descend into the 200-metre-long military tunnel complex. Finally, our guide will demystify an underground bunker once shrouded in secrecy: The Plotting Room.

Cost: $10 per adult, $7 per child (12 & under) and $7 per concession holder.

Hours & times: Every Sunday at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2pm. Duration of tour is 90 mins.

Meeting point: North Fort Visitor Centre, North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, NSW 2095.

Planning your trip: For information about getting to North Fort, including by public transport, visit  This webpage also contains information on visitor parking and public facilities.

COVID Safety:

As a registered COVID Safe business, we require all tour participants to check-in using the NSW QR code provided on site before the commencement of the tour. Further, every tour participant must ensure they:

  • maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others, wherever possible;
  • have not attended a known hot spot
  • have not had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the last 14 days; and       
  • are not unwell and have not had any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.

Please note: This tour has high touch points including hand rails and entering confined spaces, we recommend providing own hand sanitiser and wearing a face mask. 

Important Info:

  • Content warning:Although this is an all-ages tour, people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Further, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are advised that the tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.
  • Site conditions: This tour involves a steep incline and some uneven surfaces, and it is not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required. You must comply with all directions of the Guides, Rangers and Security.
  • What to bring: Suitable walking shoes, a sunhat and wet weather gear (if needed).
  • Weather conditions: Tours will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. Participants will be notified via SMS if the tour is cancelled and a full refund of the ticket price (less booking fees) will be made. Access to the balcony is subject to weather conditions.
  • Refund policy:Tickets are non-refundable, transfers can be made up to seven (7) days prior to the tour date.


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