The once active army base previously featured 9.2 inch calibre guns, capable of firing a distance of 26km. Each heavy weapon was operated by nine soldiers with support from personnel running the underground shell and engine rooms.
During this 70 minute guided tour, our experienced guide will lead you from the North Fort Visitor Centre to Australia’s Memorial Walk, honouring the nation’s service people. From there, you will visit North Fort’s gun emplacements before descending into the 200-metre-long tunnel complex, located beneath the historic fortification.
By car: From Manly, follow Darley Road onto North Head Scenic Drive and pass through the stone archway and Q Station roundabout. Continue for approx. 2km and turn left at North Fort to arrive at our visitor centre and carpark.
By bus: The 135 bus service runs from Manly Wharf to North Head Sanctuary daily. For further information, including bus and ferry timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.
By foot: The walk from Manly Wharf to North Head Sanctuary is approx. 45 minutes and includes a steep incline. The park is also connected to Shelly Beach and Collins Beach by walking tracks.
Note: Tickets must be purchased from the North Fort Visitor Centre on the day of the tour.
Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of at least 15 people. To arrange a private booking, complete our group tour enquiry form
Booking: Tickets must be purchased from the North Fort Visitor Centre on the day of the tour. Cash and EFTPOS accepted; however, there is no ATM on site. Note: Maximum participant numbers per tour apply.
All ages: Although this is an all-ages tour, people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: The tour may contain stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.
Conditions: A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required as the tour includes stairs, bush tracks and underground tunnels. It is not suitable for people with wheelchairs, mobility scooters, strollers or pram.
What to bring: Suitable walking shoes, a sunhat, wet weather gear (if needed) and a torch (phone flashlights are adequate).
Weather: This tour will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. If the Rural Fire Service declares an extreme or catastrophic fire danger rating for the Greater Sydney Region (area 4), tours will be cancelled.