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West Head World War II Gun Emplacements

Be prepared to be amazed on this tour. The walk starts at arguably the most stunning lookout in Sydney where you will see views of Barrenjoey Headland, Pittwater, Broken Bay and beyond into the Tasman Sea.

It’s not hard to understand why the Military used West Head as part of their defence strategy during WW2. Your NPWS Guide will unravel the mysteries of this Gun Emplacement that was covered in thick bush and inaccessible to the public until 2014. You will learn about the part this relatively unknown fort played in defending against The Japanese Midget Submarine attack in 1942. Stunning wildflowers and resident soaring sea eagles will keep you going as you conquer the 450 steps and steel ladder to get back up from sea level. This walk is not for the faint hearted.

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West Head Road, Ku-ring-gai Chase, New South Wales

Turn off Mona Vale Road at Terrey Hills. Drive toward West Head following McCarrs Creek Road for 6km to the West Head Road turnoff. Follow West Head Road for 15km to the meeting point.


Sun 7 May - 9am to 11am

Entry fees:
Adults $ 15, Children $ 10, Concession $ 10, Family $ 40
Prebooking requiredhttps://bookings.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/public/npws/tourinformation/GEWESTH?site=NPWS
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities: