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Sydney Harbour National Park

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Last reviewed: Wed 21 February 2018, 10.09am

Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.20pm to Sat 15 Dec 2018, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 5.14pm.

Closed areas: Rodd Island closure

Rodd Island is closed to the general public on Friday 14 December 2018 from 8am to 8pm. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Vaucluse 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 20 Feb 2018, 3.56pm to Sun 7 Oct 2018, 4.25pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.25pm.

Closed areas: Clark Island closure

Clark Island will be closed to the general public on Saturday 6 October 2018 between 8am and 8pm. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2018, 3.00pm to Tue 31 Jul 2018, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jan 2018, 4.51pm.

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

1080 fox baits (sodium fluoroacetate) will be laid in various locations across Sydney Harbour National Park from Thursday 1 February 2018 to Tuesday 31 July 2018. The baiting program includes sites at North Head, on the adjacent North Head Sanctuary. This is managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the Australian Institute of Police Management.

The baited areas will contain buried baits or ejector capsules. Do not touch the baits or ejector devices as they are poisonous. 1080 is highly lethal to domestic animals and pet owners are reminded that dogs are not permitted in national parks.

For further information during business hours please contact NPWS Mosman area office on (02) 8968 6300 or the NPWS Greater Sydney Branch Pest Officer on (02) 9542 0678.

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Applies from Wed 3 Jan 2018, 12.21pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Jan 2018, 10.54am.

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison is closed to the public on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December 2018 for urgent maintenance works. For more information contact the NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511.

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Applies from Wed 1 Nov 2017, 8.56am to Sat 31 Mar 2018, 8.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Dec 2017, 10.24am.

Closed areas: Sydney Harbour National Park - alcohol free zones

Temporary alcohol free zones have been established in Sydney Harbour National Park until Saturday 31 March 2018. The following areas affected include:

  • Nielsen Park
  • Hermitage Foreshore including Milk Beach, Hermit Beach and queens Beach
  • South Head including Lady Bay Beach
  • Green Point

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

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Applies from Thu 14 Dec 2017, 11.07am. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Dec 2017, 1.47pm.

Closed areas: Bradleys Head - New Year's Eve closure for vehicles and pedestrians

Bradleys Head is closed to vehicles and pedestrians during the New Year's Eve period. The dates and times include:

  • Closed to vehicles from Thursday 28 December 2017 to Tuesday 2 January 2018
  • Closed to pedestrians from Sunday 31 December 2017  to Monday 1 January 2018. 

For further information please contact the NPWS Middle Head area office on (02) 8968 6300.

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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.

Affects 3 locations in this park: Show list

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 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.

Affects 1 location in this park: Show list

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 22 Feb 2018, 2.07pm to Fri 2 Mar 2018, 2.23pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Feb 2018, 2.33pm

Closed areas: Inscription Point closed

Inscription Point track will be closed from Wednesday 28 February to Thursday 1 March 2018 for essential maintenance works. The track will be closed between the Inscription Point carpark and rock platform. There will be limited access to the water and rock shelf from Commemoration Flat. These works may be rescheduled due to weather or operational needs. For further information call the NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511.

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Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.02pm to Sun 7 Oct 2018, 4.27pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Feb 2018, 10.09am

Closed areas: Rodd Island closure

Rodd Island is closed to the general public on Saturday 6 October 2018. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.20pm to Sat 15 Dec 2018, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 5.14pm

Closed areas: Rodd Island closure

Rodd Island is closed to the general public on Friday 14 December 2018 from 8am to 8pm. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.16pm to Fri 7 Dec 2018, 4.13pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.36pm

Closed areas: Rodd Island closure

Rodd Island is closed to the general public on Thursday 6 December 2018. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.00pm to Sun 18 Mar 2018, 4.21pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.30pm

Closed areas: Rodd Island closure

Rodd Island is closed to the general public on Saturday 17 March 2018 from 8am to 8pm. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 3.56pm to Sun 7 Oct 2018, 4.25pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.25pm

Closed areas: Clark Island closure

Clark Island will be closed to the general public on Saturday 6 October 2018 between 8am and 8pm. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2018, 3.00pm to Tue 31 Jul 2018, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jan 2018, 4.51pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

1080 fox baits (sodium fluoroacetate) will be laid in various locations across Sydney Harbour National Park from Thursday 1 February 2018 to Tuesday 31 July 2018. The baiting program includes sites at North Head, on the adjacent North Head Sanctuary. This is managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the Australian Institute of Police Management.

The baited areas will contain buried baits or ejector capsules. Do not touch the baits or ejector devices as they are poisonous. 1080 is highly lethal to domestic animals and pet owners are reminded that dogs are not permitted in national parks.

For further information during business hours please contact NPWS Mosman area office on (02) 8968 6300 or the NPWS Greater Sydney Branch Pest Officer on (02) 9542 0678.

Affects 1 park and 5 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2018, 3.00pm to Tue 31 Jul 2018, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jan 2018, 4.44pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

1080 fox baits (sodium fluoroacetate) will be laid in various locations across Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Garigal National Park from Thursday 1 February 2018 to Tuesday 31 July 2018.  The baited areas will contain buried baits or ejector capsules. Do not touch the baits or ejector devices as they are poisonous. 1080 is highly lethal to domestic animals and pet owners are reminded that dogs are not permitted in national parks.

For further information during business hours please contact NPWS Greater Sydney Branch Pest Officer on (02) 9542 0678.

Affects 2 parks and 43 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 24 Jan 2018, 3.45pm to Tue 31 Jul 2018, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jan 2018, 4.24pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

1080 fox baits (sodium fluoroacetate) will be laid in various locations across Lane Cove National Park from Thursday 1 February 2018 to Tuesday 31 July 2018. The baiting program includes sites at North Head, on the adjacent North Head Sanctuary. This is managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the Australian Institute of Police Management.

The baited areas will contain buried baits or ejector capsules. Do not touch the baits or ejector devices as they are poisonous. 1080 is highly lethal to domestic animals and pet owners are reminded that dogs are not permitted in national parks.

For further information during business hours please contact NPWS Lane Cove area office on (02) 8448 0400 or the NPWS Greater Sydney Branch Pest Officer on (02) 9542 0678.

Affects 1 park and 19 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 3 Jan 2018, 12.21pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Jan 2018, 10.54am

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison is closed to the public on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December 2018 for urgent maintenance works. For more information contact the NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 1 Nov 2017, 8.56am to Sat 31 Mar 2018, 8.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Dec 2017, 10.24am

Closed areas: Sydney Harbour National Park - alcohol free zones

Temporary alcohol free zones have been established in Sydney Harbour National Park until Saturday 31 March 2018. The following areas affected include:

  • Nielsen Park
  • Hermitage Foreshore including Milk Beach, Hermit Beach and queens Beach
  • South Head including Lady Bay Beach
  • Green Point

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

Affects 1 park and 13 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 14 Dec 2017, 11.07am. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Dec 2017, 1.47pm

Closed areas: Bradleys Head - New Year's Eve closure for vehicles and pedestrians

Bradleys Head is closed to vehicles and pedestrians during the New Year's Eve period. The dates and times include:

  • Closed to vehicles from Thursday 28 December 2017 to Tuesday 2 January 2018
  • Closed to pedestrians from Sunday 31 December 2017  to Monday 1 January 2018. 

For further information please contact the NPWS Middle Head area office on (02) 8968 6300.

Affects 1 park and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 28 Sep 2017, 4.21pm to Mon 30 Apr 2018, 4.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Sep 2017, 8.57am

Other planned events: Bone seed removal and weed spraying operation

Bone seed removal and luwigia spraying with the herbicides metsulfuron-methyl and glyphosate will be undertaken in this park. Signs will be displayed during times of herbicide spraying. For further information on pesticide spraying or general information about the program, please contact the NPWS Royal National Park area office on (02) 9542 0632.

Affects 1 park and 4 locations nearby. Show list

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. 

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 12 Jun 2017, 11.28am. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Feb 2018, 2.07pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland rifle range operation schedule

To ensure public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed to the public during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice. Check the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service alerts for Malabar Headland National Park before you enter.

Do not enter the eastern section of the park when red flags are flying above the range or if there are warning signs at the park entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark). These closures also apply to Boora Point walking track.

Range scheduling information is provided by the NSW Rifle Association (the range authority).

The eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is always closed on Saturdays and every 3rd Sunday of the month. It is also closed on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 27 February 
  • Wednesday 28 February 
  • Tuesday 13 March 2018

These closures do not apply to Western Escarpment walking track.

To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, call (02) 9661 4532.

To contact the NPWS area office, email the Environment line or call (02) 9337 5511.

Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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.

Affects 1 park and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2016, 3.21pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Dec 2016, 1.16pm

Other planned events: Perimeter trail maintenance works

Trucks will be stockpiling material near the Perimeter trail entrance between 7am and 5pm weekdays during December. The entrance to the trail can be accessed via Booralie Road near the Terrey Hills Animal Hospital. Trail users are advised to use caution when in the area.

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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.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

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.

Affects 1 park and 5 locations nearby. Show list

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.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

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.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/sydney-harbour-national-park/local-alerts

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.

  • 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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Hornby lighthouse and South Head. Photo: David Finnegan