Sydney has an association with submarines that started in 1914 with the arrival of the first two Royal Australian Navy submarines – AE1 and AE2.
This association with torpedoes, submarines and submariners has continued ever since.
As Sydney Harbour was the only place in Australia to have ships attacked by submarines there is a story to tell.
This tour of Sub Base Platypus led by knowledgeable Naval Historical Society Guides can be tailored to suit your interests. The various elements of the tour and presentation include:
- Different classes of submarines operated by the RAN over time
- Torpedo Factory which operated on the Platypus site
- 1942 Japanese midget submarine attack
The tour commences at 10.30am and concludes at 12.30 pm inside Sub Base Platypus.
Group Size – From 10 to 25 maximum
Meeting point – The tour starting location is outside the Rangers Station, 120 High Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
Mobility – While Sub Base Platypus is on several levels and there are stairs and lifts, the tour will be on the flat to gently rising surfaces.
Sensible 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 – You an access Sub Base Platypus by ferry at North Sydney wharf or by bus. Please visit transportnsw.info for timetables. There is ample public parking on the site inside the old Torpedo Factory entranced from High Street and clearly marked.
Payment arrangements: The cost is $25 per head. This can be paid by bank transfer ahead of time or cheque on the day as convenient to your Society.
Society Bank Account: Account name: Naval Historical Society of Australia, Australian Military Bank, BSB 642 170, A/C Number 100218624.
Cancellation Policy – Although it is possible for the tour to proceed rail, hail or shine if cancellation or postponement is necessary a cancellation fee of $125 will apply. This is necessary to cover fees the Society has paid to the site operator, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
Tour Co-ordinator Contact
Phone: (02) 9537 0038
Naval Historical Society
Garden Island Defence Precinct
Locked Bag 7005
Liverpool NSW 1871