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.
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.
This tour has a capacity of 25 people per session.
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).
Food & drink available