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Published December 20th 2010
Something fun, and slightly educational, to do on any given weekend is exploring the fortifications at Mosman's Middle Head.
These forts, now heritage listed, were apparently built in the 1800s. They were used in both World Wars and then forgotten. The forts are now accessible by a walking track through the surrounding vegetation.
There are three sets consisting of a main fort, tunnels and old gun emplacements. You'll also find the old Office Quarters, a Victorian Regency style building.
The forts are found at the end of Old Fort Road, Middle Head and there are a number of ways to see them.
Firstly, you could drive and park on Old Fort Road and take the short walk through the bush track to the forts. If you feel like taking a longer walk, you can walk from Balmoral. There's a clearly marked track the begins in Balmoral. This track takes you on a two hour round trip.
A brochure is downloadable through the Harbour Trust website, meaning you can take yourself on a self-guided tour.
There are also guided tours on Sundays from 10.30am. Prices are around $8.00 for an adult and bookings are essential.
Even if you're not interested in seeing the forts, the walk is definitely worth it just to witness the stunning vantage point. From where the forts are located there are views out across the water to different corners of Sydney, including the Eastern Suburbs, Northern Beaches and even Mosman's Spit Junction.