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Davidson Park picnic area and boat ramp

Important information

Alerts for Garigal National Park: closed areas, upcoming fire bans


Updated: 22/11/2014 02:04 PM

“Nanna and Granddad took it easy in the shade with Mum, my brother swam in the harbour pool and I went canoeing with Dad. It was an awesome day.”

If you’re after a beautiful waterside setting for a great day out with family or friends, Davidson Park picnic area is perfect, and just a short drive from the Sydney CBD.

Large open grassy areas, free barbecues and a stunning Middle Harbour Creek backdrop make this spot the perfect place to unwind. Eucalyptus trees are abundant here, so there’s plenty of shade, and lots of space for family games.

Launch ramps mean getting out on the water in a boat or canoe is a breeze. The south-eastern end of the park is ideal for launching your motor boat or sail boat for access to Middle Harbour and Sydney Harbour and, if you’re keen to discover the waterways by canoe or kayak, there are two dedicated ramps - one near the boat ramp parking area and the other at the western end of the picnic grounds. If you feel like a walk after lunch, try Davidson Park to Stepping Stone Crossing walk or Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park, which begin nearby.


Getting there

Getting there:

The entrance to the Davidson Park picnic area is located near the Roseville Bridge, Warringah Road, Forestville. To get there:

  • Travel southwest along Warringah Road from Forestville
  • Take the Healey Way exit on the northeast side of the Roseville Bridge

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Davidson Park picnic area. Bus parking is also available.

Important info


  • Amenities block
  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)
  • Boat ramp
  • Carpark
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point
  • Venue

You should know:

  • All launch areas are close to picnic grounds, toilets and barbecue facilities
  • A time-controlled water supply is conveniently located near the boat ramp for engine-flushing (a small fee applies)
  • You can launch your motor boat or sail boat at Davidson Park for access to Middle Harbour and Sydney Harbour
  • The boat ramp allows for several craft to be launched/retrieved at one time and the ample parking area accommodates vehicles with trailers
  • Two canoe launch ramps are located at Davidson Park. One near the boat ramp parking area, and the other is at the western end of the picnic grounds next to Area 4.
  • The boat ramp is open 24 hours every day of the year
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited

Wheelchair access:


  • This area is fully wheelchair accessible
  • There is a wheelchair accessible boat landing pontoon


If you would like to enquire about reservation of Area 2 for private functions, call (02) 9451 3479

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- Alerts

Garigal National Park

closed areas

Construction of mountain bike tracks (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

At Bantry Bay  within Garigal National Park two mountain bike tracks are currently under construction: 
1. Serrata track in consists of 1.5 km single width track with the remaining 1.35 km as the Currie Road and Cook Street trails; and 
2. Gahnia track being 3.6 km consisting of 2.25 km single width track with the remainder as the Bluff and Engravings trails.
Helicopters will be used to deliver necessary materials from Forestville Park to sections of the track where conventional methods are not suitable and in order to reduce the construction impact on the natural and cultural features of the park. Walkers and bike riders should follow signage and verbal directions from the work team.  We apologise for any incovenience experienced. For more information go to

upcoming fire bans

Fire ban (Sunday 23 November) A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Sunday 23 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:
All tracks and trails are CLOSED within the park to walkers and cyclists. Designated picnic areas remain open. Only electric barbecues provided are to be utilised.

The view along the river. Photo: Shaun Sursok