Sydney Harbour National Park
All the practical information you need to know about South Head.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
South Head is in the South Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:
- Drive along New South Head Road past Vaucluse to the end
- Turn right into Robertson Road, then left into Military Road, which becomes Cliff Road.
- Turn left into Short Street then right into Cove Street and right into Victoria Street
- Continue to the end and leave the car at Camp Cove carpark.
Alternatively, the Eastern Suburbs Ferry from Circular Quay, as well as buses 324, 325 and 380, stop a short walk from Camp Cove. Check out the Transport Info website for more information.
Park entry points
- Camp Cove carpark See on map
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Camp Cove carpark, including several designated disabled spots.
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - hard
Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty
- Lookouts and walks are not suitable for wheelchairs
- The area around Watson’s Bay’s restaurants and Robertson Park are more accessible
Flying recreational drones is prohibited at South Head because it's located within 5.5km of an airfield or helicopter landing site.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) states that drones should not be flown within 30m of vehicles, boats, buildings or people, or within 5.5km of an airfield. Drones can also impact on public enjoyment and privacy, interfere with park operations, and may pose a threat to wildlife in some areas. For more information, see the Drones in Parks policy.
Contact the local office to obtain consent if you wish to fly a drone for commercial filming or photography purposes.
Commercial filming and photography
Commercial filming or photography is prohibited at South Head and Hornby Lighthouse unless prior consent has been obtained.
Find out how to apply for permission to conduct commercial filming or photography and download an application form.
Contact the local office to obtain consent for commercial filming or photography.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
- 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.
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.Buy annual pass