Sydney Harbour Coastal Battery Network

Whilst visiting Sydney there are many coastal walks. A special section was opened by park rangers during the recent fleet review 5 October 2013). We descended into the underground labyrinth of the Victorian era harbour defence guns. These were built in 1879 following a perceived threat that the Russians were to invade!! Pesky Russians again! It seems these caverns have been used by movie makers - Farscape and Water rats were two productions mentioned.

These emplacements are beneath Georges Point and are part of Sydney National Parks. You can walka round above ground where there are also remains of the surface based coastal battery guns, but this underground area is not generally open. You would have to look at Sydney Parks website, or the local Mossman council site to see if anything special was happening during the time you visited.

I dread to think of the consequences on the health of occupants when these guns were discharged. The sound and shock wave would be immense!!

View towards north and south head. The actual gun ports were carved out of the natural cliff face!!

Informative park guide Remains of wooden gun carriage
200 meters of tunnels and stairs The usually locked entrance
You can then climb up to the top of the point where there is now a picnic ground and further gun emplacements. Also note the stunning views! Across to Watson Bay

Bridge Head Gun Battery

The next point along towards North Head is Bridge Head and here you find the next stage of Sydney's defence. You can walk along coastal walking paths between Georges Point (above) and here. You can then continue on to other bays eventually reaching Manly if you so wish.
The green and white 'bits' are supposedly 'Art'. Our walk coincided with an 'installation' day. Sorry, I prefer a Rembrandt or Van Googh! Quite an expansive and solid emplacement. Used in later wars.
Again great views can be had.