This walk leads you around the perimeter of Middle Head. This is a great place to explore, with many forts, barracks and views over Sydney Harbour. The forts area is an excellent place to spend some time walking through the tunnels and gun pits.
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There are closures in Sydney Harbour National Park Today's Fire rating LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
Cross sectional view of the Middle Head bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Middle Head bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
1.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 240m has short steep hills. The remaining (170m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 1.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 630m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 1.2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 630m is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 1.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 1.2km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 660m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
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Catch the bus to Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd
Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd
Middle Head Fort Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road,servicetrail
Length = 767 m
Time = 15 mins
Climb = 24 m
Descent = -18 m
From the intersection of Chowder Bay and Middle Head Rd, this walk heads down through the car park to the far end, where there are signs. The walk heads along the fenceline passing the Sydney Harbour NP sign. The fencline is followed as it tends right, coming to a gate. Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads through the gate, keeping the view of the water to the right of the track. Note that if the gate is closed, visitors can walk around the right-hand side of the fence. The walk then follows the fenceline, (on the left of the track), to then continue up a small hill along the fenceline and to a short stone wall. The walk continues over the stone wall to the fork in the road. Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads gently uphill along the signposted and asphalt 'Old Fort Rd', initially keeping the toilet to the right[fac=8324] and 'Barracks No.1' to the left. After about 130m the old road heads over a rise and then leads down between the metal bollards to come to an intersection in a large clearing beside a row large gun timber brackets (bases), marked with a 'Middle Head' sign Continue straight: From beside the row of large gun timber brackets (bases), this walk heads downhill for 50m along the wide gravely trail towards the water to come the large network of concrete and sandstone forts and gun emplacements. 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 . 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.
Middle Head Fort
Disappearing Gun Pit South Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 267 m
Time = 5 mins
Climb = 4 m
Descent = -7 m
Turn around: From the Middle Head Fort complex, this walk heads gently uphill away from the concrete and sandstone forts and gun emplacements along the wide gravel trail for about 50m to come to an intersection in a large clearing beside a row large gun timber brackets (bases), marked with a 'Middle Head' sign. Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the built-up forts and road, to cross the clearing to the signposted 'Inner Middle Head Forts'. The track follows the arrow on this sign for approximately 200m through the bush to a sunken concrete fort on the right.
Disappearing Gun Pit South
Disappearing Gun Pit North Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 96 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -18 m
Turn left: From the southern fort (surrounded by bush), this walk winds right, away from the fort keeping the sea on the right of the track. The track quickly leads to an intersection near the fort at the sea cliff. Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the clear dirt track towards the distant water view between two long sandstone trenches. After 60m this walk heads across the grassy section to come to the top edge of the northern Disappearing Gun Pit[fac=8328] beside the ocean cliffs. Take extra care as the ground slopes towards the gun pit and cliff edges - stay 2 body lengths back from any significant drop.
Disappearing Gun Pit North
Middle Head Oval NE Gate Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 570 m
Time = 16 mins
Climb = 48 m
Descent = -42 m
Turn around: From the Disappearing Gun Pit[fac=8328], this walk heads uphill along the wide grassy then dirt track for about 60m. The track leads between to sandstone trenches and comes to an unsignposted intersection with another track at the top of the sandstone trench/fort (on the left). Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads directly away from the water views and sandstone forts, along a mostly flat but clear dirt track for about 90m to pass the sign pointing back to 'Inner Middle Head Forts'. About 10m after this sign the walk comes to an intersection beside a white metal pole fence and the sealed Governors Rd. Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the grass hill beside the old house, keeping the house on the left. The track then turns left and down the hill with the fence, to continue along the fenceline. Near the end of the fence, the track turns right, down the hill and comes to a management trail. Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill along the wide gravel trail. After about 20m the trail narrows for about 5m (to 90cm) to pass a pile of spoil then continues up for another 110m coming to a grassy area beside the 'Sydney Harbour National Park' sign, with an arrow point back down 'Cobblers Beach Road'. Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the line of the cyclone fence, on the left, for approximately 150m to the gate in the white picket fence of Middle Head Oval, near the 'Middle Head' sign.
Middle Head Oval NE Gate
Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd Walk: Easy - undefined,bushtrack
Length = 174 m
Time = 5 mins
Climb = 25 m
Descent = -12 m
Turn left: From the gate, this walk heads across the oval to the far side, next to the baseball nets. Veer left: From the gate, this walk heads to the intersection of Middle Head Road and Chowder Bay Road.
Catch the bus from Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd
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 4 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.
Sydney Harbour National ParkLink 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 feesCampingFacilities 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:
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.