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Cape Solander

Kurnell area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 28 June 2022, 3.40pm

Applies from Thu 29 Apr 2021, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jun 2022, 3.40pm.

Closed areas: Road closed for upgrades

The road from Yena to Cape Solander is closed to vehicles due to the construction of the new whale platform.

The road is also closed to pedestrian and cyclists from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July 2022 for resurfacing.

Learn more about the improvements being made at Cape Solander and find out about other top whale watching locations around Sydney.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Kurnell office on 02 9968 2005.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 1 Jul 2022, 12.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Jul 2022, 12.30pm

Safety alerts: Hazardous conditions on tracks and trails

Please be aware hazardous conditions are expected this weekend. Please avoid waterways and note that tracks and trails may have unstable surfaces or have trees over them. Please proceed with with caution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jul 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Jul 2022, 12.23pm

Closed areas: Single-track mountain bike trails closed

All single-track mountain bike trails in Royal National Park are closed until further notice due to wet and muddy trail conditions. This closure is to ensure visitor safety and to prevent damage to the trails.

Riding on fire management (4WD) tracks is still permitted, but please take care as management tracks may be wet and slippery.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jun 2022, 2.23pm

Closed areas: North Head scenic area closures

The following areas in the North Head scenic area will be closed while upgrades are underway:

  • North Head scenic drive is closed to vehicles from NPWS carpark 1 from Monday 25 October 2021 to July 2022.
  • Fairfax walking track is closed from Monday 18 October to November 2022
  • Fairfax Lookout is closed from Monday 18 October to November 2022
  • NPWS carparks 1 and 2 are closed until July 2022
  • There is no bus or large vehicle access past Q station

These closures may be extended without notice.

Parking at North Fort is open. Q Station, North Head Sanctuary and Bella Vista Cafe are open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jun 2022, 12.10pm

Closed areas: Sublime Point walking track closed

Sublime Point walking track is closed until further notice. The track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 28 Mar 2022, 12.13pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jun 2022, 11.57am

Closed areas: Mount Keira Ring track closed

Mt Keira Ring track is closed until further notice due to damage caused by severe weather. The track is currently being repaired or upgraded.. As soon as the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS Alerts will be updated. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jun 2022, 11.51am

Closed areas: Mount Kembla Ring track closed due to landslide

Mount Kembla Ring track is closed until further notice due to damage from landslips and rockfalls. The track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS Alerts will be updated

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 29 Apr 2021, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jun 2022, 3.40pm

Closed areas: Road closed for upgrades

The road from Yena to Cape Solander is closed to vehicles due to the construction of the new whale platform.

The road is also closed to pedestrian and cyclists from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July 2022 for resurfacing.

Learn more about the improvements being made at Cape Solander and find out about other top whale watching locations around Sydney.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Kurnell office on 02 9968 2005.

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Applies from Mon 20 Jun 2022, 11.48am to Tue 5 Jul 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Jun 2022, 3.50pm

Closed areas: Devlins Creek fire trail closed for repairs

Devlins Creek fire trail is closed for trail maintenance from Friday 24 June to Tuesday 5 July 2022 (weather dependent).

The work will repair damage caused by recent flooding

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

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Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 2.13pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Jul 2022, 10.55am

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed due to rain damage

The following walking tracks are closed until further notice due to damage from heavy rain that has caused dangerous conditions, including eroded creek crossings, potential rockfalls and landslips:

  • Mount Keira Ring track
  • Mount Kembla Ring track
  • Sublime track

These areas will be re-opened when safe to do so.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office.

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Applies from Mon 28 Mar 2022, 3.37pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jun 2022, 10.08am

Closed areas: Trails closed in Illawarra Escarpment

The following areas are closed until further notice, due to damage from recent severe weather:

  • Mount Kembla Ring track
  • Lower Escarpment fire trail
  • Upper Escarpment fire trail
  • Mount Pleasant management trail
  • O’Briens management trail
  • Staffords management trail

This closure maybe extended further, if rain occurs.

Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office.

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Jun 2022, 4.28pm

Closed areas: Closed areas due to rifle range operations

The eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park will be closed on the following dates / times due to rifle range operations:

  • Every Saturday, 8am to 5pm
  • Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month, 8am to 5pm
  • Extra Sunday Shooting has been scheduled for Sunday 31 July 2022
  • Schools shooting practice and competition week Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July 2022 (inclusive)

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

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • The 'rifle range in use' warning signs are displayed at the park entry (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) is open when the rifle range is in use.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local area office on 02 9337 5511 or the ANZAC Rifle Range on 02 9661 4532.

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Applies from Fri 10 Jun 2022, 11.35am to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 11.37am. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jun 2022, 11.51am

Closed areas: Royal Coast Track closed at Otford

The Coast Track will be closed Monday to Friday for upgrade works near Otford lookout from Tuesday 14 June to late September 2022. The track will remain open on weekends and public holidays.

When the track is closed:

  • Visitors will not be able to access Figure 8 Pools, Werrong Beach track or the Palm Jungle loop track from Otford lookout 
  • Coast Track walkers will have to exit the track at Garawarra Farm.

Visitors can still access Figure 8 Pools from Garawarra Farm at any time.

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Applies from Wed 8 Jun 2022, 4.09pm to Sun 10 Jul 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 12.21pm

Closed areas: North Era campground closed

North Era campground is closed until further notice due to the effects of flooding and nearby closures of sections of Royal Coast track.

The area will re-open once it is safe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jun 2022, 9.39am

Closed areas: North Head partial closure

Some parts of North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to fire damage and geological instability. The closed areas include:

  • Bluefish Point
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant emergency access road
  • Fairfax lookouts

The following areas are closed while upgrades are underway:

  • North Head Scenic Drive is closed to vehicles from NPWS carpark 1 from Monday 25 October 2021 to July 2022.
  • Fairfax walking track is closed until to November 2022.
  • NPWS carparks 1 and 2 are closed until July 2022
  • There is no bus or large vehicle access past Q station

These closures may be extended without notice.

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • North Head Sanctuary and Bella Vista Cafe (entry via North Fort)
  • Parking areas at North Fort
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • Bluefish Drive to the Avenue of Honour
  • Collins Flat Beach
  • Collins Beach Road

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 1.07pm

Closed areas: Clark Island closure

Clark Island will be closed to the general public from 7th to the 9th June inclusively. NPWS area office 9337 7000.

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Applies from Fri 6 May 2022, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Jun 2022, 4.08pm

Safety alerts: Curra Moors track condition - be cautious

Sections of Curra Moors fire trail and walking loop track are in poor condition due to erosion. Please be cautious, and be aware of unstable edges.

Planning for repairs is in progress.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Sun 1 May 2022, 11.59pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 9.40pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 May 2022, 2.54pm

Closed areas: Ironbark Flat toilets closed for upgrades

The Ironbark Flat toilets, next to Royal National Park Visitor Centre, are closed for upgrade works. There are temporary toilets on the northern side of the building, and the existing accessible restroom beside the Royal National Park Visitor Centre is open.

Visit the Audley Precinct upgrades web page for information about this project.

For more information, please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 20 Apr 2022, 4.38pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Apr 2022, 12.13pm

Other planned events: Cadmans Cottage public tours suspended

Cadmans Cottage public tours are suspended until further notice. 

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Applies from Sun 17 Apr 2022, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Apr 2022, 11.53am

Closed areas: Werrong Beach track closed

Werrong Beach track is closed due to a land slip. Further information will be available following a geotechnical assessment.

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Applies from Wed 6 Apr 2022, 4.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Apr 2022, 4.21pm

Closed areas: Allambie Flat Toilets are closed

The toilets at Allambie Flat picnic area are closed due to construction of new toilets at this site. Alternative toilets are available at Bus Stop Flat and Ironbark Flat. 

Visit the Audley Precinct upgrades webpage For information about this project.

For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.a

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Applies from Fri 11 Mar 2022, 4.02pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Mar 2022, 4.46pm

Closed areas: Monument Footpath damaged by flood waters, partially closed

A small section of Monument Footpath has been temporarily closed off due to flood water damage, about 650 metres from the start of the path at the intersection of Captain Cook Drive and Prince Charles Parade, Kurnell.  

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Applies from Thu 17 Feb 2022, 3.56pm to Mon 5 Dec 2022, 3.58pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Apr 2022, 5.46pm

Closed areas: Shark Beach closed during construction of replacement seawall

Replacement of the Nielsen Park seawall commenced on Tuesday 1 March 2022. Shark Beach, the promenade and kiosk are closed, and event and accommodation bookings for Nielsen Park will be suspended during the construction period (approximately 9 months).

From Tuesday 1 March 2022, closed areas:

  • Shark Beach and promenade
  • Nielsen Park kiosk, restaurant, Surf Club and Halbert Pavilion 
  • Steel Point Cottage and Gardners Cottage 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the project web page for more information.

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Applies from Thu 27 Jan 2022, 1.23pm to Thu 1 Dec 2022, 1.26pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Jan 2022, 4.42pm

Closed areas: Gardener's cottage closed due to construction

Gardeners Cottage is closed from March to December 2022 due to seawall construction at Shark Beach. 

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jan 2022, 10.43am

Closed areas: Kurnell Visitor Centre closed for upgrades

Kurnell Visitor Centre is currently closed until further notice. The site is being prepared for a new visitor centre as part of the Kamay 2020 Project. 

Learn more about the improvements being made as part of the Kamay 2020 Master Plan Project or contact the local area office email.

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Applies from Wed 13 Jan 2021, 12.04pm to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Feb 2022, 12.39pm

Closed areas: Lake Eckersley campground

Lake Eckersley campground in Heathcote National Park is closed indefinitely. The nearest remote camp site is located at Kingfisher Pools. 

For further information contact the Audley Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am to Mon 1 Aug 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jan 2022, 8.27am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 1 February 2022 and 31 July 2022 in Sydney Harbour National Park (Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North Headlands (North Head includes the adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management, and Quarantine Station). Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the NPWS Middle Head area office on 02 9960 6266, the North Head Sanctuary, Many (Harbour Trust Lands) on 02 8969 2128 (business hours). Alternatively, call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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Applies from Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am to Mon 1 Aug 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jan 2022, 8.26am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits and fresh baits containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Wednesday 1 February and Sunday 31 July 2022 in Lane Cove National Park. 

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs. Please do not enter the baiting locations or touch the bates.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For more information, contact the Lane Cove area office on 02 8448 0400 (during business hours) or the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 2.36pm

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison will be closed until late 2022.

Conservation and upgrade works are currently underway. Key elements include the construction of a new accessible wharf and maintenance and upgrade to buildings and services. Fort Denison will be closed to visitors until these works have been complete.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Standard work hours during the construction phase will be between:

  • 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday
  • 8am and 1pm on Saturday

Noise monitoring stations will be set up in Kirribilli and Cremorne to check any over-water noise so that it does not exceed legal levels. It is not expected to be high.

For more information, visit the project webpage or call the NPWS Sydney South area office on 02 9337 5511. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Oct 2021, 9.47am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Oct 2021, 8.51am

Closed areas: Toilet closures in Lane Cove National Park

Some toilets within this park will be closed during the week, opening only on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays. The closed toilets are at:

  • Carters Creek (Area 9)
  • Scribbly Gums (Area 17)
  • Haynes Flat (Area 32)

Please note: This does not apply to bookings. Where there are bookings, toilets will be opened.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Sun 7 Nov 2021, 9.24am

Closed areas: Bluefish Point closed

The Bluefish Point bushland area is closed to public access for public safety and to protect important plant and animal communities. For your safety and to help conserve the landscape, please stay on sign-posted walking tracks when visiting Sydney Harbour National Park.

The Shelly Beach to Bluefish walking track is open.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 9.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 10.05am

Other incidents: COVID-19 safety advice

Please plan ahead when visiting this park. Popular precincts may be closed at short notice to ensure visitation levels do not exceed COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 3pm.
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park.
  • Be prepared to move on if it's not possible to park your vehicle or to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Mon 16 Nov 2020, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 10.08am

Safety alerts: Protect your picnic - native birds may steal your food

Birds at Nielsen Park are attempting to steal food from visitors' picnics and tables due to unauthorised feeding of local native birds. To try and reduce this unwanted behaviour, NPWS is asking visitors to not actively feed any wildlife and to please bring suitable methods to cover your food. These include storage containers with sealed lids or an umbrella to cover your picnic to reduce food visibility and access.

Please note, it is illegal to feed wildlife in a national park. NPWS officers are monitoring the area and fines apply if visitors are seen actively feeding birds and promoting this unwanted behaviour.

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Applies from Tue 27 Oct 2020, 10.14am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Dec 2020, 10.03am

Closed areas: Lower track closed

Lower track in Wolli Creek Regional Park is temporarily closed while remediation is carried out on Lot 2.

Undercliffe track remains open through to Jackson track and Turrella Reserve.

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

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Applies from Thu 9 Jul 2020, 2.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Aug 2020, 9.06am

Closed areas: Sugarloaf carpark closed

Sugarloaf car park is no longer open to the public. We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, please contact Chatswood Area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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/lookouts/cape-solander/local-alerts

Park info

  • in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • 7am–7.30pm August to May. 7am–5.30pm June to July.

    Areas may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies in the Kurnell area only. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. The park also has credit card accepting payment facilities.

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Emergency services

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