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Camp Cove

Sydney Harbour National Park


A great family day, Camp Cove boasts swimming, snorkelling, picnicking and paddling options with scenic harbour views, in Sydney Harbour National Park , near South Head.

Sydney Harbour National Park
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of 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.
  • Public transport options are recommended as it can be a busy place on the weekend, and parking might be limited.
  • There is very little shade at this beach so it’s advisable to bring a sun shelter or umbrella
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters

Just a short walk from Watsons Bay ferry wharf, wheelchair-accessible Camp Cove boasts millionaire views that are hard to miss. Nestled on the harbour side of South Head, this delightful beach is packed with fun options to keep the family smiling all day long.

The kids will love swimming and snorkelling in the calm waters while you relax on the sandy beach. Unroll the picnic rug and enjoy a leisurely lunch while taking in the spectacular harbour views and city skyline. Round off a perfect day-trip with an ice cream or cool drink from the nearby kiosk.

For the more adventurous, bring your kayak for a paddle or explore the underwater world while scuba diving.

For a walk that takes in the unique history and breathtaking scenery of the southern area of Sydney Harbour National Park, South Head Heritage trail, starts at the northern end of the beach.

Take a virtual tour of Camp Cove on Google Street View.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

Fort Denison heritage collection project

Fort Denison is home to a wealth of historic heritage. The Fort Denison heritage collection project invited volunteers to locate, identify, document, conserve, interpret and make accessible the heritage collections in Sydney Harbour National Park. This allowed NPWS to engage with the community and ensure our collections are protected.

 Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Vehicle entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day.North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given.Chowder Bay carpark: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per calendar day - additional time can be purchased.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour Islands. Fort Denison can only be visited on a tour. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands, you'll need to book and pay landing fees beforehand. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

    Buy an annual pass.
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      (02) 9337 5511
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
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    • Fax: (02) 9337 1303
    • Mosman
      (02) 9960 6266
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Wednesday to Friday
    • Governors Road, Middle Head, Mosman NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9960 3965
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Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek