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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas

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Updated: 17/04/2015 12:41 PM

“Sunset from North Head is on my list of ways to impress my overseas visitors. They simply can’t believe how beautiful it is.”

The heath-covered clifftops at North Head reveal unending ocean views and a spectacular panorama of the harbour and Sydney skyline. Situated on the northern-most edge of the harbour within sight of Hornby Lighthouse on South Head, it’s a relaxing ferry ride from Circular Quay. One of those things to do when visiting Sydney, it’s near to Manly, and a great day trip for locals and tourists alike.

If you’re feeling adventurous, North Head has some of Sydney's best boat diving sites and is especially popular for drift dives. Explore the remains of historic shipwrecks and perhaps glimpse common sea dragons and the rarer red Indian fish in the sheltered harbour waters. If your exploration is on foot, try the easy Fairfax walk.

The ghost tour of historic Quarantine Station is a must-do. If you’re feeling like a special treat, stay the night at Q Station, where you can enjoy a long lazy lunch on the terrace.

North Head is also a great spot to enjoy the famous Sydney fireworks on New Years Eve. Far from the hectic city crowds, North Head is a fantastic place to count down the new year in style.

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Getting there

Getting there:

By car:

North Head is located on North Head Scenic Drive, off Darley Road in Manly. The site is five minutes drive from Manly and 30 minutes drive from the city.

By ferry:

Catch a ferry from Circular Quay wharf to Manly wharf. From there, take the 135 bus to North Head Q Station.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Important info

Facilities:

  • Cafe/kiosk
  • Carpark
  • Lookout
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point
  • Venue

You should know:

  • The ‘pay and display’ machines accept cards as well as cash
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and some water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch
  • Strong rips and currents may be present in the 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.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • Please see the OEH website for information on venue hire

Wheelchair access:

Medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

Opening hours:

North Head (beyond the roundabout turnoff for Q Station) is:

  • open 5am – 10pm (Monday – Sunday)

Contacts:

National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)
Mosman (venue information and bookings), Phone: (02) 9960 6266

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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
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 Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 April 2015
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 April 2015. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:

  • North Head, including the Quarantine Station
  • Middle Head
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.
Locations affected: Fairfax walk, Georges Head, Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat), Middle Head, Harbour Bridge to The Spit Bridge walking track, North Head, Collins Flat Beach, Cobblers Beach
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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North Head hero, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan