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Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

Sydney Harbour National Park protects islands and foreshore around Sydney Harbour. Explore Sydney's history on a school excursion or guided tour to enjoy coastal walks, picnics and swimming.

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Sydney Harbour National Park protects a number of islands and foreshore areas around one of the world's most famous harbours.  The park is home to superb swimming spots, bushwalking tracks and picnic areas, which offer a huge range of activities that will have you coming back again and again.

See native wildlife living in rare pockets of bushland once common around Sydney, or take a fascinating walk to explore the park's cultural history. You'll see everything from convict-built buildings and military fortifications to Aboriginal sites and a heritage lighthouse. And with the harbour's staggering coastline creating an endless natural lookout, the park's jaw-dropping views simply have to be seen to be believed. If you're at one of the park's lookouts during winter, be sure to keep a lookout for whales on their annual migration north.

Highlights in this park

Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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Fort Denison

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Goat Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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Goat Island

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Scenic views from Middle Head lookout, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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Middle Head

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North Head lookout, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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North Head

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

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South Head

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New Years Eve event on Clark Island.

Experience

NYE in Sydney Harbour

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View across the harbour from Clark Island. Photo: Kevin McGrath

Picnic

Clark Island

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Neilsen Park, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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Nielsen Park

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Shark Island picnic area, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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Shark Island

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Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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Camp Cove

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Fairfax walk, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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Fairfax walk

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Rodd Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath/NSW Government

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Rodd Island

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Chowder Bay, Sydney Harbour National Parl. Photo: John Yurasek/NSW Government

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Chowder Bay

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Georges Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek/NSW Government

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Georges Head

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Reef Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek/NSW Government

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Reef Beach

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Q Station, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government

Experience

Q Station: Kids boot camp

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Sunset Tour, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/OEH

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Sunset tour

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 The Coast track, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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

Contact

  • 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: $7 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $4 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.
    • 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 Monday to Friday
    • Governors Road, Middle Head, Mosman NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9960 3965
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Hornby lighthouse and South Head. Photo: David Finnegan