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


Updated: 23/11/2014 12:01 AM

“At Shark Island, the views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House just can’t be overstated. A picnic island in the middle of the harbour – what a treat.”

Do you like the sound of an island getaway but don’t have time to jump on a plane? Just book a trip through one of our licensed transport operators, head to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, and before you know it, you’ll be exiting the ferry at Shark Island.

The 1.5ha Shark Island sits in Sydney Harbour, just 1km from Rose Bay. 

With its lush grassy areas, picnic shelters and spacious gazebo and amazing 360° views, the island is the perfect place for a harbour picnic or to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

After lunch, you can explore the island’s foreshore and grottos, hand built in the early 1900s and hiding a range of tide pool creatures.


Getting there

Getting there:

Access to the island must be arranged through a NPWS-licensed transport operator. Captain Cook Cruises operate regular services to Shark Island (landing fee is included in ticket price). Private vessels may be used for pick-up and drop-off with permission only.

Please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) for further information.


Parking is not available at Shark Island – access is via watercraft only.

Important info


  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • Private vessels can drop off and pick up, however are not permitted to moor at Shark Cafe
  • Barbecue facilities are not available on Shark Island
  • You'll need to bring everything you need for the day
  • Power (including 3 phase) is available if the venue is hired exclusively; please note power requirements must be discussed prior to the event.

Opening hours:

Shark Island is open 7 days a week, between sunrise and sunset. Bookings in advance essential.



  • Exclusive hire, per day: $3300
  • Landing fee - non-exclusive hire, per person, per day (max 100, children under 5 free): $7
  • Wedding ceremony consent fee (not applicable if the island is hired exclusively): $550 For wedding ceremonies where the venue is not hired exclusively, both the wedding consent fee and the landing fee apply.


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, Phone: 02 9960 6266

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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.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends 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:

Shark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan