SYDNEY, 1944. MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S ARMY SERVICE, NORTH HEAD BATTERY, SYDNEY FORTRESS AREA, AT WORK IN THE PLOTTING ROOM. SHOWN ARE: NF465808 GUNNER J. B. CUNNEEN (1) NF461968 GUNNER M. KaHN (2); NF391969 GUNNER E. B. COLE (3); NF462281 GUNNER

SYDNEY, 1944. MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S ARMY SERVICE, NORTH HEAD BATTERY, SYDNEY FORTRESS AREA, AT WORK IN THE PLOTTING ROOM. SHOWN ARE: NF465808 GUNNER J. B. CUNNEEN (1) NF461968 GUNNER M. KaHN (2); NF391969 GUNNER E. B. COLE (3); NF462281 GUNNER J. E. CARNE (4). Photo supplied by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

North Head Sanctuary: North Fort Tour

Focus Tour - Saturday 2 November

Manly

Built

1940

Strategically placed at the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour, North Fort was part of a defence system that spanned 300km of coastline during World War II. The once active army base featured 9.2 inch calibre guns, capable of firing a distance of 26km. The tour will explore two underground locations including the tunnel complex, and an exclusive sneak peek into the fascinating Plotting Room, not yet open to the public.

Tour experience

After viewing the Gun Emplacement the tour descends underground into the 200-metre-long tunnel complex, where soldiers worked in the Engine Room and Magazine to support fellow soldiers operating the guns. After a short above-ground walk, the tour descends again, this time 8 metres underground into the concrete-reinforced, bomb-proof Plotting Room. The North Fort Plotting Room played a vital role in the defence of Sydney during World War II. Here, women from the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) provided and received target locations to and from the coastal batteries stretching from Port Stephens to Port Kembla – collectively known as Fortress Sydney. These women filled key wartime positions at North Head, in what was technically considered the front line. The Plotting Room is currently being restored to reflect its vital role in the defence of Sydney, and has never been open to the public.

  • North Head Sanctuary, Manly.
  • North Head Sanctuary, Manly.
  • North Head Sanctuary, Manly.

Key information


Session duration

90 mins


Capacity

This tour has a capacity of 25 people per session.


Visitor requirements

The tour includes bush tracks, steep stairs and underground tunnels. A moderate level of fitness and good mobility are required.

Visitors must wear enclosed footwear (and wet weather gear if required).


Need
to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available