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Carter Creek picnic area

Lane Cove National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 23 May 2023, 9.27am

Applies from Fri 1 Oct 2021, 9.47am to Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 May 2023, 9.27am.

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 29 May 2023, 8.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 29 May 2023, 12.38pm

Hazard reduction burns: Reef Beach HR

There is a planned Hazard Reduction burn in this park from 29/05/2023. The fire is called Reef Beach HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 26 May 2023, 8.15am to Fri 23 Jun 2023, 11.15pm. Last reviewed: Fri 26 May 2023, 8.18am

Other planned events: Warrimoo Fire Trail planned maintenance works

Warrimoo Fire Trail is undergoing planned maintenance works from the 7 June 2023 to 23 June 2023. The fire trail will be open for pedestrians during this time, but expect delays. Please take care around machinery and follow instructions from staff and contractors.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 84480400

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Applies from Fri 26 May 2023, 8.10am to Wed 7 Jun 2023, 11.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 26 May 2023, 8.15am

Closed areas: Warrimoo Fire Trail closed for maintenance

Warrimoo Fire Trail is closed from Monday 5 June to Wednesday 7June for vegetation maintenance works. No pedestrian access during this time. The Sphinx and Warrimoo walking track will be open from Bobbin Head to North Turramurra, but access to St Ives via the Warrimoo  fire trail is not permitted. 

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 84480400

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Applies from Thu 25 May 2023, 2.49pm to Fri 2 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 May 2023, 3.10pm

Other planned events: Road works and toilet closures at Bobbin Head

There will be road works in the Gibberagong precinct of Bobbin Head from Monday 29 May until Friday 2 June 2023. Road works include the installation of a pedestrian crossing and the remaining footpaths linking the playground and toilets. Traffic control will be onsite to minimise disruption to visitors but some areas may need to be closed temporarily.

The Gibberagong toilets will be closed for maintenance at the same time. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 24 May 2023, 1.16pm to Fri 2 Jun 2023, 11.16pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 May 2023, 12.26pm

Closed areas: Brooklyn Dam campground closed

Brooklyn Dam campground is closed on Friday 2 June from 7am and 3pm for planned vegetation management.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 25 May 2023, 11.54am to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 May 2023, 12.01pm

Closed areas: Tree work at Tunks Ridge campground

Crews will be undertaking essential tree work at Tunks Ridge campground on the Great North Walk from Wednesday 31 May to Thursday 1 June 2023. The campground will be closed from 9am to 3pm on both days. Campers are permitted to camp overnight but must exit the site by 9am on both days. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 25 May 2023, 9.04am to Fri 2 Jun 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 May 2023, 2.10pm

Safety alerts: Notice of Pest Control Operations

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a fox trapping program at North Head from Thursday 25 May to Friday 2 June 2023.

Please keep to marked trails and follow safety signage.

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

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Applies from Tue 16 May 2023, 8.14am to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 24 May 2023, 8.34am

Closed areas: Basin campground closed for camping

The Basin campground will be closed for camping from Monday 22 May to Thursday 1 June 2023. The campground will remain open for day visitors, but there will be no toilet or barbecue facilities available due to electrical upgrades that are being undertaken at this time. 

For more information, contact the local NPWS office. 

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Applies from Mon 22 May 2023, 1.05pm to Sat 3 Jun 2023, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 May 2023, 1.11pm

Closed areas: Perimeter trail closed for surface maintenance

Perimeter trail is partially closed from Monday 22 May until Friday 2 June 2023 for emergency trail repair works. Visitors should expect delays during works. Large machinery will be in operation. Communicate with onsite contractors before moving through construction zones. Care should be exercised when horse riding.

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

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Applies from Thu 11 May 2023, 11.49am to Thu 30 Nov 2023, 11.52am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2023, 10.16am

Closed areas: Areas closed for West Head lookout upgrades

The following areas are closed from Monday 22 May to Thursday 30 November 2023 while West Head lookout upgrades are underway:

  • West Head lookout
  • the loop section of West Head Road
  • West Head Army track.

Vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will have access to the Resolute picnic area and public toilets. Access is restricted past this point.

The following walking tracks remain open:

  • Red Hands track
  • Aboriginal Heritage track
  • Resolute track, including access to Resolute Beach and West Head Beach
  • Mackeral Beach track
  • Koolewong track.

The West Head lookout cannot be accessed from any of these tracks.

For more information, visit the project webpage.

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Applies from Thu 6 Apr 2023, 8.04am to Thu 29 Feb 2024, 8.07am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2023, 7.42am

Closed areas: Berowra walking track partial closure

Berowra walking track is partially closed until further notice from Waratah Bay to Apple Tree Bay, including the Mount Ku-ring-gai access track. Berowra walking track from Berowra Station to Waratah Bay is open for use. 

There is a threat of rockfalls due to slope instability caused by recent weather events. NPWS is in the process of carrying out necessary repair works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 29 May 2023, 6.00am to Fri 2 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 May 2023, 9.37am

Closed areas: Gibberagong Toilets Closed

The Gibberagong toilets will be closed for essential maintenance from Monday 29 May to 2 June 2023 inclusive. We apologise for any inconvenience. For more information, please phone the local area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 1 May 2023, 9.39am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Mon 29 May 2023, 8.05am

Closed areas: The Pavilion picnic shelter closed for maintenance

The Pavilion picnic shelter in Bobbin head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is closed for planned maintenance works from Monday 1 May to Friday 30 June 2023. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Wed 10 May 2023, 6.42pm

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.

Shelly Beach to Bluefish walking track is open.

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Applies from Mon 1 May 2023, 3.26pm to Wed 31 May 2023, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 May 2023, 6.39pm

Closed areas: Middle Head - Inner fort closed for maintenance works

The Inner Fort at Middle Head is closed from Monday 1 May 2023 until Wednesday 31 May 2023 due to maintenance works. The outer fort remains open.

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

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Applies from Tue 9 May 2023, 11.19am to Mon 31 Jul 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 26 May 2023, 3.44pm

Closed areas: Barnett's Playground upgrade

Works will commence on the Barnett's playground in Berowra Valley National Park on Friday 4 May 2023. The existing playground will be removed and it is expected that the new playground will be completed by the end of July 2023. For more information, call the local Area office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 1 May 2023, 3.16pm to Wed 31 May 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 26 May 2023, 3.44pm

Closed areas: Berowra track closure for heli lift

Berowra walking track is closed due to helicopter lifting operations on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May 2023. The operations will run from 8am to 4.30pm. Following on from these works, the Berowra track will remain closed up to Waratah Bay until further notice. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Apr 2023, 2.45pm

Closed areas: North Head scenic area closures

The following areas in the North Head scenic area will be closed until the end of May 2023:

  • Fairfax walking track
  • Fairfax lookout
  • Fairfax carpark and bus stop

These areas are closed while new lookouts are being built. Find out more about this project on this web page. These closures may be extended without notice.

The following areas remain open:

  • North Head Scenic Drive and loop road are open to vehicles.
  • The bus stop opposite the Bella Vista Café is 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 Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 May 2023, 12.50pm

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

Do not enter the closed areas.

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

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Fri 31 Mar 2023, 8.37am to Fri 28 Jul 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 May 2023, 9.27am

Other planned events: Bobbin Inn Cafe closed

Bobbin Inn Cafe in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is closed until further notice. The last day of trade was Monday 10 April 2023 (Easter Monday).

For further information please call the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 9 Feb 2023, 3.22pm to Mon 31 Jul 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 May 2023, 9.27am

Other planned events: Birrawanna track maintenance works

Track maintenance works will take place on the Birrawanna track from the beginning of February to the end of July 2023, weather dependent. Please be mindful of machinery on the trail and follow the directions of workers. Visitors may experience some delays.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 15 Dec 2022, 4.29pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Mar 2023, 5.01pm

Closed areas: North Mackerel track closed and Mackerel trail partially closed

North Mackerel track is permanently closed due to a potential risk of rockfalls and unstable cliff edges in the Great Mackerel Beach area.

The only designated land access to or from Great Mackerel Beach is via Mackerel track to the north, which intersects with Resolute track.

Due to land instability and risk to personal safety, there is no through or return access to or from the following places:

  • The south end of Great Mackerel Beach via The Basin or Mackerel trail
  • The west of Great Mackerel Beach via North Mackerel track, which is closed.

Please remember the risks associated with visiting natural areas, including rock falls, unstable edges, falling branches and interactions with wildlife.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 11.22pm to Tue 1 Aug 2023, 3.22am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Mar 2023, 2.00pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

Between 1 February 2023 and 31 July 2023, 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 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices.

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479, or the NPWS Lane Cove area office on 02 8448 0400 (business hours), or the NPWS call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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Applies from Fri 24 Mar 2023, 9.31am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2023, 12.27pm

Closed areas: Section of Casuarina track closed for track maintenance

Part of Casuarina track is closed from Thursday 23 March 2023 until further notice due to maintenance on the footbridge.

The closed area is the section of Casuarina track between the end of Boree Road and the Carrol Creek track intersection.

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

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.02pm to Tue 1 Aug 2023, 2.03am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Mar 2023, 4.03pm

Other planned events: 1080 feral animal 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 Wednesday 1 February and Monday 31 July 2023 in the following areas:

  • Chowder Bay and 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.

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the NPWS Middle Head office on 02 9960 6266 or North Head Sanctuary Manly (Harbour Trust Lands) on 02 8969 2128 during business hours, or 1300 056 294 outside business hours.

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Applies from Tue 24 Jan 2023, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Mar 2023, 7.11am

Closed areas: Gardeners Cottage closure

Gardeners Cottage will not be available for bookings until the replacement of the concrete seawall at Shark Beach, Nielsen Park has been completed. For more information on the seawall replacement please visit the project website or call the NPWS Vaucluse office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Fri 3 Feb 2023, 12.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Mar 2023, 7.06am

Closed areas: Shark Beach and northern section of Nielsen Park closed

Shark Beach and the northern section of Nielsen Park are closed while the concrete seawall at Nielsen Park is being replaced. For more information on this project, please visit the project webpage or phone the NPWS Sydney South office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 26 Dec 2022, 12.25pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2023, 12.59pm

Closed areas: Areas of North Head closed

Some areas of Sydney Harbour National Park are closed for public safety due to steep and unstable ground. The closed areas are:

  • Old Man's Hat
  • Cannae Point
  • Quarantine Head

The bushland surrounding these areas is also closed.

The following main visitor areas will remain open:

  • Q Station
  • North Head car parks
  • Collins Flat Beach

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

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.52pm to Tue 1 Aug 2023, 3.53am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 11.55am

Other planned events: ‘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 1 February 2023 and 31 July 2023 in Garigal National Park. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

 

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

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 local park office on:

Forestville 9451 3479 (business hours)

NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 5 May 2023, 4.22pm

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison is currently closed.

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 completed.

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

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 Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2023, 12.59pm

Closed areas: Flat Rock track partial closure

The section of Flat Rock track from the Killarney Drive entrance to the Downpatrick Street entrance, is permanently closed where the old track passes through private property near Killarney Point.

Please note:

  • 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 Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Fri 1 Oct 2021, 9.47am to Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 May 2023, 9.27am

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 Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm to Thu 1 Feb 2024, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 29 May 2023, 8.05am

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Berowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels and algal blooms. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek. Alternatively you can call the Hornsby Council 24 hour information line on 9847 6666 or the Algal information line on 1800 999 457.

Swimming at Fishponds is not advised at any time due to heavy water pollution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS 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/picnic-areas/carter-creek-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Lane Cove National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Lane Cove National Park is open 9am to 7pm during daylight savings (until 6pm at other times). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. Day passes are available from on-park pay machines that accept coins and credit cards, and you can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Bus: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Prior payment may be required, please phone the Lane Cove National Park Office for more information.

    Group bookings:

    Under the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009, prior written approval is required for organised groups of 30 or more people planning to visit the park. Contact the park office prior to your visit.

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Emergency services

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