Bradleys Head

Bradleys Head is a headland protruding from the north shore of Sydney Harbour, within the metropolitan area of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is named after the First Fleet naval officer William Bradley. The original Aboriginal inhabitants belonged to the Borogegal clan of the Eora nation, and was known as Borogegy, Booraghee, Booragy or Burrogy. Also on the headland is an active lighthouse, Bradleys Head Light, constructed in 1905.[1]

Bradleys Head is now a unit of the Sydney Harbour National Park and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.[2]


The foremast of the cruiser HMAS Sydney, renowned for taking part in the Royal Australian Navy's first ship against ship engagement in World War I, is mounted on the headland as a memorial to that battle. In June 2000 the mast was rededicated as a monument to all Australian ships and sailors lost in conflict.

The headland was also used for shooting of scenes for Mission: Impossible 2 (2000). A polystyrene house seen in the film was built on location, then removed after shooting was completed.

Sitting on the rock platform off the headland is a Doric stone column. It is one of six that were taken from the demolished Sydney Post Office and placed in positions in Sydney. In conjunction with the tower off Fort Denison, it was used for speed trials of vessels in Sydney Harbour. Owing to increased congestion on the Harbour, it is no longer used by the Maritime Services Board for this purpose.[3] (Another of the columns can be seen in the Mount Street Plaza, North Sydney.)

The heritage-listed Bradleys Head Light, completed in 1905, is located on the point of Bradley's Head Peninsula and used as a navigation marker and warning light to ships entering and leaving the harbour. The lighthouse is mounted on a rock and connected to shore by a footbridge.[4]

See also


  1. Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: New South Wales". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  2. Carment, David (2010). "Bradleys Head". Dictionary of Sydney. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  3. "Place ID 2875". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment.
  4. "Bradleys Head Light Tower". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01430. Retrieved 2 June 2018.

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