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The Nielsen

Sydney Harbour National Park

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 11 Dec 2019, 10.52am to Wed 1 Jan 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Dec 2019, 2.55pm

Closed areas: Strickland House and grounds closure

Strickland House will be closed to the public from 7am on Tuesday 31 December 2019

Only ticket holders for the New Year's Eve event will be admitted.

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Applies from Wed 11 Dec 2019, 10.54am to Wed 1 Jan 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Dec 2019, 2.55pm

Closed areas: Goat Island closure

Goat Island will be closed from Friday 27 December 2019 to Thursday 2 January 2020.

Only ticket holders for the New Year's Eve event will be admitted on Tuesday 31 December 2019.

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Applies from Wed 11 Dec 2019, 10.56am to Wed 1 Jan 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Dec 2019, 2.55pm

Closed areas: Nielsen Park and Hermitage Foreshore closure

Nielsen Park and Hermitage Foreshore will be closed to the public from 7am on Tuesday 31 December 2019.

Only ticket holders for the New Year's Eve event will be admitted.

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Applies from Tue 3 Dec 2019, 2.52pm to Sun 5 Jan 2020, 2.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Dec 2019, 3.48pm

Closed areas: Rodd Island closure

Rodd Island will be closed to the public from 8am to 8pm on:

  • Wednesday 1 January 2020
  • Friday 3 January 2020
  • Saturday 4 January 2020

This is due to an exclusive function. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact our local area office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Thu 21 Nov 2019, 10.47am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Nov 2019, 11.15am

Closed areas: Lady Bay Beach closed

Lady Bay Beach, off South Head Heritage trail, is closed for essential maintenance works from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November 2019.

NPWS apologises for any inconvenience.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 28 Oct 2019, 12.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Dec 2019, 2.39pm

Closed areas: Clark Island closure

Clark Island will be closed to the public on the following dates:

  • From Friday 27 December 2019 to Saturday 4 January 2020
  • Monday 6 January 2020, 8am to 8pm

Only ticket holders for the New Year's Eve event will be admitted on Tuesday 31 December 2019.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local NPWS area office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 28 Oct 2019, 11.30am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Dec 2019, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Shark Island closure

Shark Island will be closed to the public on the following dates:

  • Thursday 19 December 2019, 8am to 8pm
  • From Friday 27 December 2019 to Saturday 4 January 2020

Only ticket holders for the New Year's Eve event will be admitted on Tuesday 31 December 2019.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local NPWS area office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 12 Aug 2019, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Aug 2019, 10.21am

Safety alerts: Lower steps on Shark Island Wharf closed

The lower 4 steps of Shark Island Wharf are closed due to a safety hazard. Using these steps for berthing, drop-off and pick-up is prohibited. Access is only possible using the upper stairs.

Small vessels and boats may not be able to berth, particularly at low tide.

For more information, call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Thu 1 Aug 2019, 12.01am to Fri 31 Jan 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 9.38am

Other planned events: 1080 baiting program underway

A 1080 baiting program will be underway in Garigal National Park from Thursday 1 August 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits or ejector capsules, which are laid continuously and in an ongoing manner on tracks and trails in parts of this park. Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information please contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 during business hours. After business hours, contact the NPWS after-hours call centre on 02 8579 0537.

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Applies from Thu 1 Aug 2019, 12.01am to Fri 31 Jan 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 9.44am

Other planned events: 1080 baiting program underway

A 1080 baiting program will be underway in Lane Cove National Park from Thursday 1 August 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits or ejector capsules, which are laid continuously and in an ongoing manner on tracks and trails in parts of this park. Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information please contact the NPWS Lane Cove National Park area office on 02 8448 0400 during business hours. After business hours, contact the NPWS after-hours call centre on 02 8579 0537.

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Applies from Thu 1 Aug 2019, 12.01am to Fri 31 Jan 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 9.38am

Other planned events: 1080 baiting program underway

A 1080 baiting program will be underway in Sydney Harbour National Park from Thursday 1 August 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits or ejector capsules, which are laid continuously and in an ongoing manner on tracks and trails in parts of this park.

The areas where the baiting will be underway are Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North headlands. North Head includes adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management, and Quarantine Station.

Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information please contact the NPWS Middle Head area office on 02 9960 6266 during business hours. After business hours, contact the NPWS after-hours call centre on 02 8579 0537.

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Applies from Fri 17 May 2019, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Dec 2019, 4.25pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland Rifle Range operation schedule

1. For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice.

2. Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed.

3. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday
  • 1st Sunday of the month
  • 3rd Sunday of the month

These closures apply to the eastern section of the park only (Boora Point walking track).

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open.

The range operation schedule is provided by the NSW Rifle Association.

4. Contacts

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.

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Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2015, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 2.13pm

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

Casuarina track between Carrol Creek and Davidson Picnic area, Forestville is closed indefinitely due to the removal of the stairway down to the picnic area after safety concerns. 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 call 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 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Feb 2019, 11.57am

Other planned events: North Head Scenic Drive gate opening and closing times

North Head Scenic Drive gate closing and opening times will change in summer and winter. The following times include:

  • From Thursday 6 December 2018: In summer, the gate is open from 5am until 8.30pm
  • From Monday 1 April 2019: In winter, the gate is open from 6am until 6pm

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Applies from Tue 23 Aug 2016, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Aug 2019, 11.13am

Closed areas: Collins Flat not available for venue hire

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 2020.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Mosman area office on 02 9960 6266.

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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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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/cafes-and-kiosks/the-nielsen/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. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes not valid for landing fees.

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