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Camp Cove

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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas, upcoming fire bans

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Updated: 22/11/2014 02:04 PM

“The kids just love swimming and snorkelling at this beach. I can keep an eye on them while reading the paper and enjoying the views. That’s what I call a win-win situation.”

Just a short walk from Watsons Bay ferry wharf, wheelchair-accessible Camp Cove boasts millionaire views that are hard to miss. Nestled on the harbour side of South Head, this delightful beach is packed with fun options to keep the family smiling all day long.

The kids will love swimming and snorkelling in the calm waters while you relax on the sandy beach. Unroll the picnic rug and enjoy a leisurely lunch while taking in the spectacular harbour views and city skyline. Round off a perfect day-trip with an ice cream or cool drink from the nearby kiosk.

For the more adventurous, bring your kayak for a paddle or explore the underwater world while scuba diving.

For a walk that takes in the unique history and breathtaking scenery of the southern area of Sydney Harbour National Park, South Head Heritage trail, starts at the northern end of the beach.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Camp Cove is in the South Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

  • Drive along New South Head Road past Vaucluse to the end
  • Turn right into Robertson Road, then left into Military Road, which becomes Cliff Road.
  • Turn left into Short Street then right into Cove Street and right into Victoria Street
  • Continue to the end and leave the car at Camp Cove carpark.

Alternatively, the Eastern Suburbs Ferry from Circular Quay, as well as buses 324, 325 and 380, stop a short walk from Camp Cove. Check out the Transport Info website for more information.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Camp Cove carpark, including several designated disabled spots.

Important info

Facilities:

  • Carpark
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water
  • Take care in the water and please supervise children at all times
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • Public transport options are recommended as it can be a busy place on the weekend, and parking might be limited.
  • There is very little shade at this beach so it’s advisable to bring a sun shelter or umbrella
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters

Wheelchair access:

Easy

  • There are two wheelchair accessible parking spaces, only a short distance from the beach.
  • A ramp leads down to the sand
  • Please note, access to the toilet block is via a steep flight of stairs.

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: North Head, Collins Flat Beach
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking. (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage
Gap Bluff Headland walking track closure
Some areas of Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to upgrade of viewing platforms and walking tracks. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Closed areas include Gap Bluff walking track, Gap Bluff, South Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact Harbour Area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed - Nielsen Park
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed following annual winter maintenance.

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:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire

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Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek