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Davidson Park picnic area and boat ramp

Garigal National Park

Overview

If you're looking for something to do in Sydney, Davidson Park is a pretty harbourside park with boating and canoeing access, just a short drive from the Sydney CBD.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Garigal National Park
Accessibility
Easy
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Booking

For information about booking Area 2 for private functions,
please call NPWS Forestville on (02) 9451 3479.

Please note
  • All launch areas are close to picnic grounds, toilets and barbecue facilities
  • A time-controlled water supply is conveniently located near the boat ramp for engine-flushing (a small fee applies)
  • You can launch your motor boat or sail boat at Davidson Park for access to Middle Harbour and Sydney Harbour
  • The boat ramp allows for several craft to be launched/retrieved at one time and the ample parking area accommodates vehicles with trailers
  • Two canoe launch ramps are located at Davidson Park. One near the boat ramp parking area, and the other is at the western end of the picnic grounds next to Area 4.
  • The boat ramp is open 24 hours every day of the year
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited

If you’re after a beautiful waterside setting for a great day out with family or friends, Davidson Park picnic area is perfect, and just a short drive from the Sydney CBD.

Large open grassy areas, free barbecues and a stunning Middle Harbour Creek backdrop make this spot the perfect place to unwind. Eucalyptus trees are abundant here, so there’s plenty of shade, and lots of space for family games.

Launch ramps mean getting out on the water in a boat or canoe is a breeze. The south-eastern end of the park is ideal for launching your motor boat or sail boat for access to Middle Harbour and Sydney Harbour and, if you’re keen to discover the waterways by canoe or kayak, there are two dedicated ramps - one near the boat ramp parking area and the other at the western end of the picnic grounds. If you feel like a walk after lunch, try Davidson Park to Stepping Stone Crossing walk or Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park, which begin nearby.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

  • in Garigal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Garigal National Park is open 6am to 6.30pm (8pm during daylight savings) but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $7 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. Bus or taxi: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). 

    Other fees:

    There is no daily entry fee for teachers/educational supervisors (1 adult per 10 children). Group bookings: under the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009, prior written approval is required for organised groups of 40 or more people planning to visit the park. 

    Contact the park office prior to your visit.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Northern Beaches (Forestville)
      (02) 9451 3479
      Contact hours: 10am-4pm (closed 12pm-1pm) Monday to Friday
    • Garigal National Park, end of Ferguson Street off Warringah Road, Forestville NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9451 7390
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    • Sydney North (Bobbin Inn, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park)
      (02) 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am-4pm daily. 9am-4pm during summer school holidays (closed 12pm-12:30pm) (closed Christmas Day)
    • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road, Mount Colah
    • Email: bobbin.head@environment.nsw.gov.au
      Fax: (02) 9457 0113
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See more visitor info
The view along the river. Photo: Shaun Sursok