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Carter Creek picnic area

Lane Cove National Park

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Last reviewed: Mon 10 August 2020, 9.08am

Applies from Thu 9 Jul 2020, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Aug 2020, 9.08am.

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:

  • 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. 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 6 Apr 2021, 10.47am to Sat 1 May 2021, 10.50am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Apr 2021, 3.17pm

Closed areas: Commandment Rock picnic shelter closed

Commandment Rock picnic shelter is closed for maintenance work from Monday 19 April until Friday 30 April 2021. The grassed picnic area, toilet and carpark may still be used during this time. 

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Applies from Wed 17 Feb 2021, 8.32am to Mon 17 May 2021, 8.45am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Apr 2021, 10.20am

Closed areas: Flint and Steel track closed for upgrading

Flint and Steel track is closed for upgrade works from Wednesday 17 February to Monday 17 May 2021. Flint and Steel Beach and Flint and Steel Bay will be accessible by water only.

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

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Applies from Fri 19 Mar 2021, 11.26am. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Apr 2021, 5.30pm

Closed areas: Bedlam Bay wharf and boat ramp temporary closure

The Bedlam Bay wharf and adjacent pedestrian boat ramp, Parramatta River Regional Park, will be closed from Monday 19 April until late June 2021 while essential repairs are undertaken to these facilities.

Alternative boating facilities are available at:

  • Banjo Patterson wharf, Punt Road, Gladesville 
  • Kissing Point Park boat ramp and jetty, Waterview Street, Putney

All other areas of the park remain open.

For more information, please contact the NPWS office at Lane Cove National Park.

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Applies from Wed 7 Apr 2021, 1.21pm to Fri 4 Jun 2021, 1.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Apr 2021, 4.03pm

Closed areas: Picnic shelter and road closures

Casuarina Point and Haynes Flat picnic areas will be closed for upgrades from Monday 19 April until early June. Signs will be placed around closed areas.

During this time, Max Allen Drive after Bakers Flat carpark will also be closed on week days.Pedestrians will be able to access Max Allen Drive. Vehicle access will be allowed on weekends. 

For more information, contact the North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 6 Apr 2021, 10.54am. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Apr 2021, 1.54pm

Closed areas: Jenkins playground and Kukundi playground closure

Jenkins Hill playground and Kukundi playground will be closed for maintenance and repair works from the Monday 19 April until the end of May. 

Signs will be in place around closed areas. You can still access Jenkins Hall, Jenkins Kitchen, toilet facilities and the Lane Cove National Park Cafe.

For more information, contact the North Western Sydney Area Office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 10.37am

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 Fri 19 Mar 2021, 11.09am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 11.09am. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Apr 2021, 10.02am

Closed areas: Bobbin Head playground closed

The Bobbin Head playground will be closed to all visitors from Tuesday 6 April to June 2021 for Stage 2 upgrade works. Construction will be happening Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm and some Saturdays, 7am to 5pm. Please ensure the safety of children in your care when visiting Bobbin Head.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Fri 26 Mar 2021, 11.56am to Sat 1 May 2021, 11.58am. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Mar 2021, 5.15pm

Other planned events: Lane Cove fire trail vegetation works

Multiple trails in the Lane Cove upper valley have vegetation works occurring from the 29th March 2021 till the end of April. Crews with machinery will be clearing vegetation on the side of trails. Trails will remain open for pedestrians and bikes, please be cautious around moving machinery and wait for workers' instructions before passing.

The affected trails are:

- Browns Waterhole trail

- Pennant Hills Trail

- Devlins Creek Trail

- Gloucester Ave Trail

- Morona Trail

- George Christie Trail

- Beltana Trail

If you have any questions please call the North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 20 Oct 2020, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Mar 2021, 3.39pm

Other planned events: Lane Cove National Park - Increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

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 is no longer possible for you to park your vehicle or maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

From Monday 29 March 2021, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be increased from 50 people to 200 people, including children. Group size restrictions for specific National Parks still apply. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

The closure of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Necessary site assessments will take place to consider the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities. Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Tue 20 Oct 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Mar 2021, 3.38pm

Other planned events: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Increased visitation

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines. 

Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • Be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors. It is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.

From Monday 29 March 2021, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be increased from 50 people to 200 people, including children. Group size restrictions in National Parks still apply. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

The closure of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Necessary site assessments will take place to consider the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities. Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or the NPWS Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Tue 23 Mar 2021, 11.13am to Fri 16 Jul 2021, 11.14am. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Mar 2021, 3.18pm

Closed areas: Gibberagong boardwalk closed

Gibberagong boardwalk will be closed to all visitors from Tuesday 6 April to mid July 2021, while the boardwalk is replaced. During this time there will be no access to the Gibberagong track from Bobbin Head. 

Walkers along the Gibberagong track who have entered from Murrua Road, North Turramurra or Grosvenor Street, North Wahroonga will be turned around at Gibberagong boardwalk and will not be able to access Bobbin Head picnic areas. Signage and security fencing will be in placed around closed areas.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Apr 2021, 7.39am

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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Applies from Mon 22 Feb 2021, 12.00am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 5.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Mar 2021, 9.41am

Closed areas: Sections of Apple Tree Bay seawall fenced off

Some sections of seawall in the Apple Tree Bay area will be fenced off for reconstruction from Monday 22 February to Wednesday 30 June 2021 for a seawall refurbishment project.

For more information, contact the NPWS North Western Sydney Area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Sun 31 Jan 2021, 10.41am to Sun 1 Aug 2021, 10.42am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jan 2021, 1.12pm

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 Monday 1 February and Saturday 31 July 2021 in Ku-ring-gai Chase 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 this reserve is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

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

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Applies from Sun 31 Jan 2021, 10.46am to Sun 1 Aug 2021, 10.47am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jan 2021, 1.09pm

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 fluoroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Monday 1 February and Saturday 31 July 2021 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 this reserve is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the NPWS Forestville office on 02 9451 3479 (business hours) or the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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Applies from Sun 31 Jan 2021, 10.50am to Sun 1 Aug 2021, 10.50am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jan 2021, 12.47pm

Other planned events: 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 fluoroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Monday 1 February 2021 and Saturday 31 July 2021 in Lane Cove National Park. Don’t touch baits. 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.

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

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Applies from Sun 31 Jan 2021, 10.53am to Sun 1 Aug 2021, 10.54am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jan 2021, 12.47pm

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 fluoroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Monday 1 February and Saturday 31 July 2021 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.

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 this reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

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

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 12.21pm. Last reviewed: Sun 24 Jan 2021, 3.06pm

Other planned events: Apple Tree Bay - Increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

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 is no longer possible for you to park your vehicle or maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Sun 24 Jan 2021, 3.06pm

Other planned events: Bobbin Head - Increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

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 is no longer possible for you to park your vehicle or maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Thu 3 Dec 2020, 9.23am. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Dec 2020, 11.43am

Other planned events: Annual inspection and maintenance underway - Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay wharves, Cowan moorings

Annual inspection and maintenance works are underway at the Bobbin Head wharf, Apple Tree Bay wharf and the courtesy moorings in Cowan waters. There may be temporary or restricted access during this period. The work is expected to end by the end of 2020. 

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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 Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Dec 2020, 6.52pm

Closed areas: North Head Fire - closed areas

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

  • North Head Scenic Drive, after the carparks opposite Bella Vista Cafe and before the North Head Scenic Drive loop road.
  • Bluefish Drive past the Gunner Road Car Park entrance
  • Fairfax walk and lookout
  • All tracks and trails south of Bluefish Drive and along North Head Scenic Drive past the Q Station roundabout.

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • North Head Scenic Drive until just beyond the Bella Vista Cafe
  • Collins Flat Beach
  • Collins Beach Road

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local park office on 02 9960 6266, or the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 16 Apr 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Mar 2021, 10.07am

Closed areas: Lane Cove Depot Road closed

Lane Cove Depot Road in Lane Cove National Park will be closed from Monday 16 April 2020 until further notice while the road is being upgraded to improve safety for road users. During this time vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians are not permitted to use the road. 

For more information regarding closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Feb 2021, 11.13am

Closed areas: Section of Flat Rock track closed

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 Fri 28 Aug 2020, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Sep 2020, 12.37pm

Safety alerts: Clark Island wharf

The decking between the main wharf and the island has a maximum capacity of 2 people at a time.

Heavy loads are not permitted on the decking until further notice. Take care when disembarking from a boat on Clark Island.

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Applies from Thu 9 Jul 2020, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Aug 2020, 9.08am

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:

  • 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. 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 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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Applies from Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 10.37am

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

North Head Scenic Drive gate closing and opening times are:

  • From 1 October to 31 March each year, the gate is open from 5am to 8.30pm
  • From 1 April to 30 September each year, the gate is open from 6am to 6pm

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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. The park has pay and display machines. 

    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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