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Middle Head Battery walk
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.9 km E of Mosman
Length: 0.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 10 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 10 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Walk: Easy

This walk guides you through the historic and well maintained outer Middle Head fortification battery. Take a step back in time, by walking along Old Fort Road past the old barracks and through the banksia forest to the open clearing and array of gun emplacements. At the fortification, you can explore the tunnels, underground rooms and circular gun emplacements, enjoy the views of the sea cliffs and harbour views. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Middle Head Battery walk

Map of Walk

Location

Middle Head Battery walk bushwalking track notes
Map of Middle Head Battery walk
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Map Scale 500 meters
Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead
Int. Old Fort and Govenors Rds
Old Fort Road gun brackets
Outer Forts
Starting point for this hiking track: Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91302N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

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Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Middle Head Battery walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Middle Head Battery walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Middle Head Battery walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Middle Head Battery walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 660m
Time 30 mins
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Grade 2/6

Walk: Easy
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 270m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 65m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 270m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 65m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 330m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 330m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 330m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 330m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead to Int. Old Fort and Govenors Rds
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 67 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
From the Cobblers Beach Trail track head (beside the car park[1] near the end of Middle Head Rd,
Mosman[2]), this walk heads to the very end of Middle Head Rd towards the sandstone wall[3]. After 50m the walk heads over the bridged 'Middle Head Moat'[4][5], then around the boom gate to come to a signposted intersection with 'Old Fort Rd' and 'Govenors Rd'[6]. (There is a public toilet[fac=8324] in the sandstone building the right)

(0.07 km) Int. Old Fort and Govenors Rds to Old Fort Road gun brackets
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 218 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads gently uphill along the signposted and asphalt 'Old Fort Rd'[7], initially keeping the toilet to the right[fac=8324] and 'Barracks No.1'[8] to the left. After about 130m the old road heads over a rise and then leads down between the metal bollards[9] to come to an intersection in a large clearing beside a row large gun timber brackets (bases)[10], marked with a 'Middle Head' sign[11]

(0.29 km) Old Fort Road gun brackets to Middle Head Fort
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 47 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From beside the row of large gun timber brackets (bases)[12], this walk heads downhill for 50m along the wide gravely trail[13] towards the water to come the large network of concrete and sandstone forts and gun emplacements[14][15][16]. The area can be explored, taking care of cliff edges and large potential falls into the fortifications.

Outer Middle Head Battery Alt = 37 m
The Outer Middle Head Battery is the main complex in the Middle Head Fortifications. Work for building the fortifications started in 1801 and the last batteries were constructed in 1942, with the majority of the work being done 1870 and 1911 [17]. There is a network of tunnels and rooms underground that was build to support the gunning placements to protect Sydney Harbour from enemy invasion. There are formal tours available or you can take care and explore the area yourself.

(0.33 km) Outer Forts to Western Fort
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 114 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -31 m
Turn left: From the open area beside the outer forts, this walk heads north[18] keeping the tallest fort[19] to the right. After about 10m the walk turns right to follow a wide grassy track behind a tree and across a bridge[20] giving more views of the concrete forts[21] (on the right). The walk continues around the back of the forts for about 50m, then veers left to head more steeply down[fac=8329][22] for another 15m to come beside the unfenced western forts[23] and tall cliff[24]. Keep two full body lengths back from cliffs and significant drops to reduce the risk of falling.

Catch the bus from Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Cobblers Beach Trail trackhead
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 7.4 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 8.1 km
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 7.2 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 7.2 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 7.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Middle Head Battery walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Middle Head Battery walk
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
18 km (to the WNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 22 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 26 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 33 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 43 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Sydney Harbour National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Sydney Harbour National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites within Sydney Harbour National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:​
  • Middle Head
  • North Head
  • Quarantine Station
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Shark Island upcoming closures
Shark Island in Sydney Harbour will be closed to public access due to essential wharf repairs on the following dates:
16 to 17 September 2015
24 to 27 September 2015.

Other incidents: Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages are no longer available for accomodation bookings. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings.

Closed areas: Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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