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Hornby Lighthouse

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

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Updated: 31/10/2014 03:17 PM

“The lighthouse really stands out on the point; can you imagine what it would have been like to live in the lighthouse keepers cottages?”

Hornby Lighthouse stands tall at South Head, near Watsons Bay in Sydney Harbour National Park. The iconic red and white striped tower is surrounded by magnificent views: Sydney Harbour to the west, Middle Head and North Head to the north, and the expansive Pacific Ocean to the east. It’s a great spot for whale watching in winter.

The lighthouse was built in 1858 following the wrecking of the Dunbar at the foot of South Head. Designed by colonial architect Alexander Dawson, Hornby Lighthouse was the third lighthouse to be built in NSW.

Hornby Lighthouse is accessible via the South Head heritage trail – an easy walk that leaves from Camp Cove at Watsons Bay, taking you past historic gun emplacements before reaching Hornby Lighthouse.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Hornby Lighthouse 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
  • Follow South Head Heritage trail, which begins near Camp Cove Kiosk, to the lighthouse.

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

You should know:

  • Please supervise children at all times due to rocky ledges, uneven pathways and surrounding harbour.
  • Toilet facilities are located along the South Head heritage trail near Lady Bay Beach. Please be aware that Lady Bay Beach is a nude bathing beach.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

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
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is upgrading the Gap Bluff Headland walking track and viewing platforms in Sydney Harbour National Park from 7 October 2014 to 28 November 2014. The area will be closed for safety reasons during this time. It is anticipated that the work may be completed in early November but progress is dependant upon the weather conditions.
 Previously completed stages of the upgrade included the construction of two viewing platforms and interconnecting walking tracks. The final stage of construction will provide further upgrades to two additional viewing areas and associated walking track.
For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 9337 5511.
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 (Saturday 1 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 Saturday 1 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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Hornby lighthouse and South Head. Photo: David Finnegan