If you enjoy photographing old buildings, love old textures and enjoy wondering around tunnels, bunkers and ruins, then you will have a ball at Middle Head Fort. Irrespective of the old fort, the location is just spectacular. Perched directly across from North Head and South Head, Middle Head gives you gorgeous birds eye views up and down Sydney Harbour and out to sea.
Special Photographic Features or Notes
There are a number of different parts to Middle Head that are worth exploring. I have highlighted the main areas in the map below.
The old gun emplacements at the North and South end of Middle head are worth exploring if you have time, but if you are strapped for time I recommend you focus your time on the main fort and the old Gun emplacements.
The Main Fort
Some Interesting Rocks
If you explore the cliff to the North of the main fort, you will find a fishermans track down to the rocks below (some chain to help you down some of the steeper parts)…. This track is not for the faint hearted or for those who don’t have full mobility. However if you do explore the rocks on the Northern cliff, you will find some very interesting textures and views down close to the water.
The Cool Tunnels
If you keep walking around the the cliff heading North West, you will follow a track to an old gun emplacement. Keep your eyes peeled to the right hand side of the track and you will see some stone stairs taking you down into some bunker tunnels. There are some very cool lighting effects in here as the sun shines through the overhead vents.If it has been raining heavily just beware, some of these tunnels can be filled with water (as my son found out when he stepped off the bottom step into 30cm of water).
Middle head fort should be suitable for night photography as there are no lights illuminating the fort, so if you are into star trails or night cloudscapes etc. you might be able to get some interesting shots, although I haven’t shot there at night myself.
There is really no special equipment that you need to shoot this location.
Best Time of The Day
I have only shot this location during the middle of the day, however because of the interiors, you an shoot any time of the day and still walk away with some interesting shots.
While the fort is up on the top of a cliff, most of the areas that you explore are in tunnels and bunkers which keeps you out of any wind.
To get to Middle Head Fort, From Spit Junction in Mosman, take Military Rd towards Toronga Zoo, but when you get to the big round about near the zoo, veer left on to Middle Head Rd and follow it all the way to the end. There is a car park just before the old military base, but I tend to ignore the signs that say “authorised vehicles only” and park in the bus turning area which is closer to the main fort.From the main car park it is only a 5 min walk to the main fort, you can’t miss it… just keep heading East along the road.