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South Head

Sydney Harbour National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 19 September 2017, 2.18pm

Applies from Tue 19 Sep 2017, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Sep 2017, 2.18pm.

Other incidents: South Head military exercise

The area south of Hornby Lighthouse at South Head is closed on Tuesday 26 September 2017, during 2pm–5pm and 7pm–10pm due to a military training exercise. The South Head Heritage trail from Camp Cove to the Hornby Lighthouse will remain open. For more information please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 13 Nov 2017, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Nov 2017, 1.07pm

Closed areas: Faifax track and lookouts at North Head

Fairfax track and lookouts at North Head at Manly in Sydney Harbour National Park will be closed on Wednesday 15 November 2017 and reopen on Thursday 16 November 2017. This closure is due to maintenance involving removal of bitumen and associated works. North Head Scenic drive will remain open. Heavy vehicles will be accessing the track and lookouts. Please stay behind fences and keep out of restricted areas. for more information, contact the NPWS Middle Head area office on (02) 8968 6300.

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Applies from Tue 19 Sep 2017, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Sep 2017, 2.18pm

Other incidents: South Head military exercise

The area south of Hornby Lighthouse at South Head is closed on Tuesday 26 September 2017, during 2pm–5pm and 7pm–10pm due to a military training exercise. The South Head Heritage trail from Camp Cove to the Hornby Lighthouse will remain open. For more information please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 18 Sep 2017, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Oct 2017, 10.12am

Other incidents: Lane Cove National Park - fax not working and limited phone service

Please be advised that Lane Cove National Park is currently experiencing a disruption to its office telephone and fax service. The fax is not working and the phone lines are limited. You may experience some difficulty in getting through, but we ask that you continue to try calling or send us an email at valleys.area@environment.nsw.gov.au and we will get back to you. We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for your patience while we work to resolve these issues.

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Applies from Thu 14 Sep 2017, 1.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Sep 2017, 4.08pm

Other planned events: Nielsen Park shark nets to be reinstated

The shark nets at Nielsen Park/Shark Beach will be reinstated the week commencing Monday 18 September 2017.

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Applies from Thu 23 Feb 2017, 11.54am to Wed 31 Jan 2018, 11.41am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Aug 2017, 2.50pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) as buried baits or ejector capsules will be laid in various locations across Lane Cove National Park in a continuous and ongoing manner from Friday 21 July 2017 to Wednesday 31 January 2018. Do not touch baits or ejector devices. 

Domestic pets may be affected. 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Pet owners must ensure that their pets do not enter baited reserves.

For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Chatswood office on (02) 8448 0400 or the pest management officer on (02) 9472 8953. After hours please call (02) 9457 9577.

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Applies from Thu 23 Feb 2017, 11.56am to Wed 31 Jan 2018, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Aug 2017, 2.50pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) as buried baits or ejector capsules will be laid in various locations across Garigal National Park in a continuous and ongoing manner from Friday 21 July 2017 to Wednesday 31 January 2018. Do not touch baits or ejector devices.

Domestic pets may be affected. 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Pet owners must ensure that their pets do not enter baited reserves.

For further information during business hours please contact the NPWS Forestville area office on (02) 9451 3479 or the pest management officer on (02) 9472 8953. After hours please call (02) 9457 9577.

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Applies from Thu 23 Feb 2017, 12.01pm to Wed 31 Jan 2018, 11.59am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Aug 2017, 2.42pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) as buried baits or ejector capsules will be laid in various locations across Sydney Harbour National Park in a continuous and ongoing manner from Friday 21 July 2017 to Wednesday 31 January 2018. Do not touch baits or ejector devices. The program includes sites at North Head on the adjacent North Head Sanctuary managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the Australian Institute of Police Management. 

Domestic pets may be affected. 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Pet owners must ensure that their pets do not enter baited reserves.

For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Mosman office on (02) 8968 6300 or the pest management officer on (02) 9472 8953. After hours please call (02) 9457 9577.

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Applies from Wed 21 Jun 2017, 1.34pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Aug 2017, 10.41am

Other planned events: Fort Denison changes to cafe and restaurant services

From Monday 26 June 2017 there will be no food and beverage services on Fort Denison due to the conclusion of the existing Fort Denison cafe and restaurant lease. A selection process is currently underway to determine a new operator for the venue, but it is expected that it will remain closed until 2018.

Fort Denison tours will continue as normal during this period. Drinking water and toilet facilities are available and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. 

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Applies from Fri 3 Mar 2017, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Jul 2017, 2.18pm

Closed areas: Fairfax lookout partial closure

Parts of the western, southern and eastern lookouts along Fairfax walking track have been closed due to cliff instability. The temporary closure is for the safety of the public, and fencing and signage have been installed advising of the closures. These closures will remain in place until works are undertaken to make the area safe. Fairfax walking track and carparks are open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Sydney Harbour area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 23 Aug 2016, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jul 2017, 10.17am

Closed areas: Collins Flat closed

Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire. This is due to the impact of high visitation on the critical penguin habitat at this location. This closure will be reviewed at the end of the breeding season in February 2018. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Mosman area office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2015, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Oct 2016, 2.00pm

Closed areas: Casuarina Track closed between Boree Road and Davidson picnic area

Casuarina track between Boree Road and Davidson picnic area, Forestville is closed due to safety concerns regarding the stairway down to the picnic area. Lyrebird track is the recommended alternative access which connects to the Governor Philip Walk or Ferguson Street. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Forestville office on (02) 9451 3479 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 1.30pm

Closed areas: Flat Rock track - partial closure

A section of Flat Rock track - from the Killarney Drive entrance to the Downpatrick Street entrance - is currently closed until further notice due to track safety issues where the track passes through private property near Killarney Point:

  • Walkers heading west should exit Flat Rock track at the eastern end of Killarney Drive and use Killarney Drive until you reach Downpatrick Street. Then walk down the street and re-enter Flat Rock track from the Downpatrick Street fire trail.
  • Walkers heading east should exit Flat Rock track at the Downpatrick Street fire trail and use Downpatrick Street, then Killarney Drive until you reach the end of Killarney Drive. Re-enter Flat Rock track from the Killarney Drive entrance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Ku-ring-gai Chase area Forestville office on (02) 9451 3479.

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2015, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 8.52am

Closed areas: Lane Cove National Park toilet closures

From Monday 7 December 2015, some toilets within this park will be closed during the week, opening only on weekends and public holidays. Toilets affected are:

  • Blue Wren and Illoura (Areas 4-5)
  • Carters Creek (Area 9)
  • Scribbly Gums (Area 17)
  • Bakers Flat (Area 28)
  • Haynes Flat (Area 32)

Please note: this does not apply to bookings- toilets will be opened for any bookings. For more information, please contact the NPWS Valleys Area office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 10 Nov 2015, 10.15am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jul 2017, 10.16am

Closed areas: Steele Point Cottage closure

Steele Point Cottage, situated within the grounds of Nielsen Park, is no longer available for short-term holiday accommodation.

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Applies from Mon 15 Sep 2014, 4.03pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jul 2017, 10.15am

Other incidents: Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation

Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages are no longer available for accomodation bookings. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/south-head/local-alerts

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.

  • Park 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 Road parking: 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 day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.

    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 Island, all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Vaucluse
      (02) 9337 5511
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
    • Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9337 1303
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    • 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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Emergency services

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