Naval Historical Society of Australia
Preserving Australia's Naval History
From arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 to the present Port Jackson has been home to naval units. Initially ships were detached from the Royal Navy to provide Naval defence until 1859. Then followed the New South Wales Colonial Navy, the Commonwealth Naval Force from Federation and from 1911, the Royal Australian Navy.
The aim of this short walking tour on Bradleys Head where its own military history and stunning vistas combine, our knowledgeable guides will tell stories along a timeline from first European settlement to the end of WW2. These stories of naval events from the 20th century also connect with the military and naval activity on the Harbour from the First Fleet to the establishment of the RAN.
Frequency: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month February to November.
Location: Bradleys Head on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour lies at the end of Bradleys Head Road which is accessed by following Military Road from Mosman. Being part of the Sydney Harbour National Park access fees are applicable. Information is available from the NPWS website.
Group Size: from 10 to 20 maximum
Time: This tour commences at 10.30am and concludes by 12.00 pm at the same point.
Meeting Point: The tour starting location is the circular Navy Memorial on Bradley’s Head adjacent the mast of HMAS Sydney.
Mobility: The pathways and areas visited during this tour are generally flat and easily accessible. The total distance walked is less than one kilometre.
Footwear: Sensible footwear is a must.
Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bottled water: The tour is outdoors. Come prepared, even if the weather is overcast.
Planning your trip: The best method of travel to Bradley’s Head is motor vehicle. Car parking for a limited number of vehicles is available on the lower level adjacent the memorials. Additional parking is available a short walk away on the access road into Bradleys Head.
Cancellation Policy: Although it is possible for the tour to proceed rail, hail or shine, the lack of shelter if inclement weather is forecast may determine cancellation or postponement of the tour. If this is necessary the guide will contact the tour organiser late on the previous day. A full refund will be made.
COVID Protocols: All group members must be fully vaccinated, not suffering flu like symptoms and observe local site requirements.
For questions or alternative payment options please contact the Society.
Phone: 0451 218 408 (Tuesday and Thursday only 0900 to 1500)