A fascinating and historical new 3km walking track designed to showcase the breathtaking views from the Middle Harbour headlands will soon link to the famous Manly to Bondi Walk.
Environment Minister Matt Kean recently announced that Sydney Harbour National Park’s historic military fortifications at Middle Head and Georges Head are set to get a $10 million revamp. This will conserve their history and provide the public greater and safer access to the fascinating area. Most exciting is that the project will also include a new 3km walking track from the headlands that will give local adventurers and tourists alike the most incredible view of Sydney Harbour.
“The new walk will also connect to the Sydney Harbour Scenic Walk, itself part of the greater Manly to Bondi Walk, and showcase Australia’s most diverse collection of fortifications dating from 1801 to WWII,” Mr Kean said.
This project forms part of the larger NSW Government commitment of $257 million to implement the largest capital investment in national park visitor infrastructure in its history.
Member for North Shore, Felicity Wilson, said we are fortunate to have such significant military history in our own backyard.
“This investment in Middle Head walking tracks will connect our harbour foreshore benefiting locals, and drawing people from across Sydney to enjoy the natural environment, military history and indigenous heritage,” Ms Wilson said.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is constructing the 3km walking track to connect the headlands to adjoining parklands and is providing interpretation to assist visitors in exploring and learning about the area’s history, Aboriginal, natural and cultural heritage.
Other works will also include new viewing platforms and seating areas which will provide walkers an opportunity to rest and take in the scenic beauty of the harbour.
All works are expected to be completed by June 2022, with sections of the new track by October this year.
Visitors are encouraged to visit project webpage (click here) for alerts on visitation and details.
- The National Parks and Wildlife Service is commencing construction of a new 3km walking track between Middle Head and Georges
- This will provide the missing link within the headlands and enable visitors to experience the Sydney Harbour coastline and learn more about the significant military fortifications along the
- The defence heritage spans the period 1801 to the Vietnam War and the structures from different periods shows the development of defence technology over the course of two centuries more comprehensively than anywhere else in Australia
- The restoration work will focus on the twin six-pounder gun emplacement and observation post which were a key component of Sydney’s WW2 defences, including mounting of an original smooth-bore muzzle loading cannon on a reconstructed gun
- Other works include painting of the Barracks and Sergeant Majors Quarters, and restoration of the stonework on the defensive ditch.
- Planning and design has been undertaken in close consultation with key stakeholders and adjoining land owners, including the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, the local Aboriginal community and the Headland Preservation
- More information on the Manly to Bondi walk can be found here: https://www.bonditomanly.com/
The new walking track: