WW1 Hospital to Georges Heights Lookout
Borogegal & Cammeraigal Country

20 min to 30 min

930 m
return

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Easy track
The WW1 hospital above Georges Head is an interesting collection of historic buildings, which are nicely complemented by Georges Heights Lookout. The walk follows a well-marked footpath with some excellent views and heathy bushland around it. Let us begin by acknowledging the Borogegal & Cammeraigal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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WW1 Hospital. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down to Georges Heights Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View over the Gunners Restaurant. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Plaque on Georges Heights. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Georges Heights. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Georges Heights. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
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• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.8333325,151.2585443)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Military Road, A8
  • Turn on to Military Road then drive for 950 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Middle Head Road and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn right onto Best Avenue and drive for another 25 m
  • Turn slight left and drive for another 50 m
  • Turn slight left and drive for another 85 m
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, with the sea on the left. The track continues for a short while, coming to a signposted intersection at the road.
From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to Georges Head Lookout, down the hill to the circular paved lookout above the fortifications.....
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Start.
There is water tap (about 2 m back from the start).
Find the WW1 Hospital at the start.
WW1 Hospital
WW1 Hospital

This military hospital was in use from 1916 to 1923, and could treat up to 420 troops at any one time. Sydney Harbour Trust completed restoration of the buildings mid-2005. These buildings are New South Wales' only surviving military hospital buildings from WW1.
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This military hospital was in use from 1916 to 1923, and could treat up to 420 troops at any one time. Sydney Harbour Trust completed restoration of the buildings mid-2005. These buildings are New South Wales' only surviving military hospital buildings from WW1.

After another 360 m pass the "The Gunners Barracks" (20 m on your left).
After another 3 m turn left.
Continue another 75 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 470 m to get back to the start.
"Georges Heights".
Georges Heights
Georges Heights

Georges Heights is a gun emplacement with a commanding 180degree view over the entrance to the harbour. The old gun emplacements are still in position, with their arcs of fire explained in the signs nearby. The view from this lookout is magnificent.
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Georges Heights is a gun emplacement with a commanding 180degree view over the entrance to the harbour. The old gun emplacements are still in position, with their arcs of fire explained in the signs nearby. The view from this lookout is magnificent.

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WW1 Hospital to Georges Heights Lookout


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 930 m
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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