Sydney Harbour National Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Sydney Harbour National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:
Planning for the future
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are working on a master plan for Middle Head and Georges Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. The master plan, prepared by Environmental Partnerships, was on public exhibition from Thursday 3 November 2016 to Friday 16 December 2016.
Comments have closed on the draft plan. Submissions will be considered by the consultants and NPWS during preparation of the final master plan. The master plan will be available on the OEH website when completed.
Sydney Harbour Park is home to endangered plant and animal populations, and protecting these is key to upholding the park’s biodiversity. Population monitoring, management and other conservation activities are ongoing in this park. NPWS collaborates with volunteers and other groups and agencies to ensure its native species are properly preserved. Protecting and revitalising such populations is an ongoing goal.
Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a significant impact on the ecosystems within Sydney Harbour National Park. NPWS carries out risk assessments for new and emerging weeds as well as fox control to protect biodiversity in this park.
The fox threat abatement plan addresses the long-standing threat of foxes to biodiversity. By implementing fox control measures in 59 sites throughout NSW, the plan protects threatened species and works to minimise the potential of foxes to cause future extinctions.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
The upkeep of Sydney Harbour National Park’s visitor facilities is an NPWS priority. Programs relating to the management and enhancement of the park’s walking tracks, trails, picnic spots, lookouts and other offerings are ongoing. Car parking processes and facilities are frequently reviewed, and park amenities and infrastructure receive regular maintenance.
Ongoing volunteer work is an essential part of NSW National Parks’ work, but sometimes an extra push is needed. We call these ‘one-off’ or ‘major’ events. These single-day or short-term volunteer activities need a large number of volunteers to turn up at around the same time in the same place for things like: visitor service, bush regeneration, historic heritage, or threatened species management.
Conserving our Aboriginal culture
Aboriginal culture is of great value to NPWS, and the condition of Aboriginal sites is reviewed and upgraded as required in Sydney Harbour National Park. NPWS works to ensure visitors are well informed about the history and importance of such assets, and maintenance programs are ongoing throughout the park.
Connecting to Culture Sydney is an Aboriginal educational program. It immerses urban Aboriginal youth into Aboriginal culture within NSW national parks close to Sydney. Participants take part in camping trips, ongoing fieldwork on Country, recording and preserving Aboriginal sites, and discovering Australian native plants and traditional practices.
NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.
Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.
- 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.
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.
(02) 9337 5511
Contact hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
- Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse NSW
- Fax: (02) 9337 1303
(02) 9960 6266
Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Wednesday to Friday
- Governors Road, Middle Head, Mosman NSW
- Fax: (02) 9960 3965
For all planned management events such as hazard reduction burns and pest control operations see the alerts page.
If you’re available for volunteer work on a Tuesday morning, why not join the Nielsen Park bush regeneration group? The group meets weekly to remove weeds and regenerate Australian native plants at Nielsen Park, Vaucluse, in Sydney Harbour National Park.
Donate to NSW National Parks
Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.