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South Head

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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas

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Updated: 22/04/2015 10:44 AM

“Breathtaking ... there really are no other words to describe those views.”

South Head is known for its sheer ocean cliffs and military history. But it’s the picture-perfect views most likely to keep you coming back again and again.

The Gap features an unbeatable lookout. Climb to the top to gaze out over the Tasman Sea and Sydney Harbour. If you’re there between June and September keep your eyes open for whales on their annual migration journey.

Walk the South Head Heritage trail, where you’ll find even more lookouts – it’s hard to tire of that panorama.  Check out 19th century gun emplacements and the whimsical-looking Hornby Lighthouse.

Swim at Camp Cove or at Lady Bay Beach and stop to see the Dunbar shipwreck memorial and site. You’re bound to be hungry after all that sea air – stop for fish and chips in Robertson park or at one of Watson’s Bay’s restaurants.

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

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Getting there

Getting there:

South Head 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

Wheelchair access:

Hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

  • Lookouts and walks are not suitable for wheelchairs
  • The area around Watson’s Bay’s restaurants and Robertson Park are more accessible

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Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Bradleys Head Road and Camp Cove carpark closed
Some areas of this park are closed due to dangerous weather conditions for the entire 24 hour period. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Closed areas are:

  • Bradleys Head Road and carpark
  • Camp Cove carpark.
Penalties apply for non-compliance.
Locations affected: South Head, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre
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
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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South Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan