This was my first ever exploration with a bunch of friends from back in the ZGeek.com days. We headed to Middle Head on Sydney Harbour and explored the hidden bunkers along the cliffs.
This happened around 2000.
The first battery on Middle Head was built in 1871 and was designed by James Barnet, a colonial architect. The fort was built on a strategic location and received many additions until 1911. It formed part of a network of ‘outer harbour’ defences. They were designed to fire at enemy ships as they attempted entry through the Sydney Heads. The whole area is linked by an extensive network of underground tunnels, ancillary rooms, gunpowder magazine and a disappearing gun emplacement. The site also has its own underground power room that is supported by iron columns. The gunners Barracks were built from sandstone quarried on site and still exist to this day, they are located on Middle Head concealed in bushland. Underground tunnels and rooms were used to train some of Australia’s first troops that were sent to Vietnam in ‘Code of Conduct’ courses (lessons in how to withstand torture and interrogation) by simulating prisoner of war conditions.