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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas

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Updated: 09/02/2015 03:29 PM

“My dad took me to Middle Head when I had a school project on Australia’s military history. It really helped me understand everything so much better.”

Middle Head is a superb lookout spot in Sydney Harbour National Park. From this outstanding vantage point, you can follow the Pacific Ocean to the horizon, framed by North and South Heads. The panoramic view extends to the Eastern Suburbs, Middle Harbour and Manly.

In addition to enjoying sensational views, you can find out more about Middle Head’s military significance. Walk the Don Goodsir track to the 1801 Forts, built in response to a feared French invasion, or explore the tunnels, sandstone gun pits and infamous Vietnam War-era 'Tiger Cages'. Guided tours of the Fort are available between October and May.

When you are finished exploring why not relax on nearby Cobblers Beach and enjoy the picturesque cove.

Take a virtual tour of Middle Head on Google Street View.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Middle Head is in the Middle Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

  • From Mosman, follow Middle Harbour Road to the end
  • It's approximately 100m walk from the carpark to Middle Head Forts and lookout.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at the Harbour Trust carpark in Best Avenue, Mosman.

Important info

Facilities:

  • Drinking water
  • Lookout
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • There is no public vehicle access to Middle Head
  • If you are visiting Middle Head’s military fortifications, be sure to wear sturdy footwear and bring a torch
  • Tours are not available between June and September because the tunnels are occupied by bent-wing bats that hibernate there
  • Obelisk and Cobbler beaches at Middle Head are clothing-optional
  • You can hire this lookout as a venue for weddings, photo shoots and other events
  • For group tours of Middle Head, please phone (02) 9337 7012.

Wheelchair access:

Medium

For venue hire, vehicle access for disabled visitors can be arranged with prior notice.

Contacts:

National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 Parks for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)

Mosman (venue information and bookings), Phone: (02) 8968 6300

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Alcohol Free zone until 28 February 2015 applies to all the park
Sydney Harbour National Park is an alcohol free zone until the 28th Feb 2015. Milk Beach and the Hermitage Foreshore are part of Sydney Harbour National Park and are therefore included in this alcohol free area. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
Locations affected: Clark Island, Middle Head, South Head, Hermitage Foreshore track, North Head, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre, Greycliffe Gardens, Bottle and Glass Point, Nielsen Park Cafe and Halbert Pavilion
Alcohol free zones - Hermitage Foreshore track (Ends Saturday 28 February)

Milk Beach, Queens Beach and Hermit Point (part of the Hermitage Foreshore) are all alcohol free zones from 1 December 2014 to 28 February 2015.These areas are closed to all groups (20 people or over). Penalties apply for non-compliance.
Bradleys Head upgrade works - Bradleys Head Amphitheatre (Ends Friday 27 February)

Upgrade works are commencing at Bradleys Head over the next few weeks. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Please follow directional and closure signage onsite. Areas affected within the Bradleys Head Precinct are:

  • Upper terrace
  • Stairs from landing to amphitheatre
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
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 for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: North Head, Collins Flat Beach
Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management (Ends Sunday 1 March)

Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites within Sydney Harbour National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:
  • Bradleys Head
  • Georges Head
  • Middle Head
  • North Head
  • Quarantine Station
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Georges Head, Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat), Middle Head, Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, North Head, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre
Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage and Steele Point Cottage are currently unavailable for booking until further notice. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. For more information please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage

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Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan