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South Head

“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.

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