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Clark Island

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 2 December 2022, 3.11pm

Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 3.11pm.

Closed areas: Clark Island closure

Clark Island will be closed to the public between 8am to 8pm on the following dates:

  • Friday 2 December to Saturday 3 December 2022
  • Tuesday 27 December 2022 to Tuesday 3 January 2023.

Events will be happening on those dates. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 2 Dec 2022, 1.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 4.12pm

Safety alerts: 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/from the south end of Great Mackerel Beach via The Basin or Mackerel Trail.

Due to land instability and risk to personal safety there is NO THROUGH or RETURN ACCESS to/from the west of Great Mackerel Beach via the 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 Wed 16 Nov 2022, 11.30am to Fri 23 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Dec 2022, 2.22pm

Closed areas: Little Marley trail closure

Little Marley trail is closed Monday to Friday, from Tuesday 17 November to Friday 23 December 2022 for upgrade works.

The trail will be accessible on Saturdays and Sundays during this period. 

Signs will be in place around closed areas.  

Access to Deer Pool from Bundeena Drive is not affected but you can't continue all the way to The Coast track.

Access along The Coast track between Wattamolla and Bundeena is not affected. 

Works may be extended due to weather delays.

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

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Applies from Sun 17 Apr 2022, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 2.51pm

Closed areas: Werrong Beach track closed

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

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Applies from Fri 6 May 2022, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 2.49pm

Safety alerts: Curra Moors track in poor condition

Sections of Curra Moors fire trail and walking loop track are in poor condition due to erosion. Please use caution 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 Fri 8 Oct 2021, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11.40am

Closed areas: North Head scenic area closures

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

  • Fairfax walking track, Fairfax Lookout, Fairfax carpark and bus stop are closed until the end of January 2023 for the construction of new lookouts.
  • North Head Scenic Drive and loop road are open to vehicles.
  • The bus stop opposite the Bella Vista Café is open.

These closures may be extended without notice.

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 Tue 29 Mar 2022, 2.44pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11.26am

Closed areas: Two Creeks track closed for maintenance

Part of Two Creeks track is closed from Tuesday 29 March 2022 until further notice due to track maintenance.

The closed area is the section of Two Creeks track between the Eastern arterial track entrance and Gordon Creek track intersection.

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

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 8.41am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 8.29am

Closed areas: Bobbin Head toilet blocks closed for upgrades

The toilet blocks at Orchard Park and Gibberagong will be closed for upgrades and will reopen in early 2023 (weather dependant). There will be temporary toilets in place while the works are being carried out.

For more information, please contact the local office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 29 Apr 2021, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 5.04pm

Closed areas: Cape Solander reopened - Whale watching platform opening November 2022

The smaller platforms have been completed at Cape Solander, and Cape Solander Road has been reopened to enable carparking at Cape Solander.

Work continues on the main whale watching platform and shelter, which is due for completion in November 2022.

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 NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9968 2005.

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Applies from Tue 15 Nov 2022, 4.16pm to Fri 23 Dec 2022, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 2.34pm

Closed areas: Temporary closures and delays along Apple Tree Bay Road, Empire Marina Road and Carpark and Warrimoo Walking Track

Some parts of this park are partially closed from Wednesday 16 November to Friday 23 December 2022 while slope stability works are being undertaken. There may be temporary closures and delays along Apple Tree Bay Road, Empire Marina Road and Carpark and Warrimoo Walking Track whilst works are completed.

  • Traffic Control will be in place.
  • You can still access Empire Marina and Apple Tree Bay Boat Ramp

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

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Applies from Thu 17 Feb 2022, 3.56pm to Mon 5 Dec 2022, 3.58pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 3.34pm

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.

From Tuesday 1 March 2022, the following areas are closed:

  • 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 9337 5511 or visit the project web page for more information.

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Applies from Tue 12 Jul 2022, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 1.33pm

Closed areas: Garie Road closed due to damage

Garie Road is closed until further notice due to damage to the road surface.

This road may remain closed for some time to allow for extensive repairs. A reopening date is not currently known.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check Live Traffic NSW for updates before driving to Garie Beach.

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Applies from Sat 13 Aug 2022, 12.00pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 1.33pm

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 Mon 14 Nov 2022, 2.30pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 9.20am

Closed areas: Amenities at Pool Flat picnic area closed

The amenities at Pool Flat picnic area will be closed until further notice due to damage caused by vandalism.

For further information please contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.31am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.32am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11.26am

Closed areas: Elvina Trail closed for upgrade works

Elvina trail will be closed 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, from Wednesday 16 November to Friday 9 December 2022. The trail will be open after 5pm and on weekends. This is so upgrade works can be completed.

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

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Applies from Tue 15 Nov 2022, 10.33am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 10.35am. Last reviewed: Sat 26 Nov 2022, 9.01am

Closed areas: Basin campground access affected by trail upgrade works

The Basin trail will be closed 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, from Wednesday 16 November to Friday 9 December 2022. This is so upgrade works can be completed. During this time, visitors can only access the Basin campground and picnic area by ferry or private vessels.

The Basin trail will be open and the campground and picnic area accessible on weekends, and after 5pm on weekdays.

The following areas will also be closed 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but will be open on weekends:

  • The Basin Aboriginal engraving site
  • The Mackerel trail

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

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Nov 2022, 3.14pm

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
  • Last shooting day for 2022 is Saturday, 17 December 2022
  • First shooting day for 2023 is Saturday, 7 January 2022

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 21 Oct 2022, 2.41pm to Tue 3 Jan 2023, 2.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Nov 2022, 1.51pm

Closed areas: Strickland House closure

Strickland House and grounds are closed from 8am, Friday 30 December 2022 to 8am, Sunday 1 January 2023.

For more information, call the NPWS Vaucluse area office on  02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Thu 24 Mar 2022, 5.10pm. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Dec 2022, 7.30am

Closed areas: Section of Middle Harbour Creek track diverted due to rockfall hazard

A diversion is in place along Middle Harbour Creek track between Stepping Stone Crossing and Cascades trail until further notice due to rockfall hazard.

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Nov 2022, 10.06am

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 Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 12.57pm

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 (13000 PARKS) or Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Tue 12 Jul 2022, 10.16am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 12.28pm

Safety alerts: Landslip on Lady Carrington Drive

Lady Carrington Drive has been impacted by recent rain. The surface is eroded and waterlogged. Use caution on rough and slippery surfaces.

A portion of the track has been impacted by a landslip. Please travel through this section without stopping.

For more information contact the local area office.

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Applies from Fri 21 May 2021, 1.11pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Sun 6 Nov 2022, 10.45am

Other planned events: Temporary fencing at West Head lookout

West Head lookout is open to visitors, and temporary fencing has been installed at the lookout for public safety. Upgrades will take place in late 2022 through to early 2023.

Please do not enter the fenced area. Nearby walking tracks remain open.

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Applies from Thu 25 Aug 2022, 9.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 5.10pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Nov 2022, 10.09am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

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 will take place between Thursday 25 August 2022 and Friday 31 March 2023 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

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 Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10.11pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 2.13am. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Oct 2022, 10.06am

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 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 in Lane Cove 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, contact the local park office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 4 Aug 2022, 9.20am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 9.39am

Closed areas: The Coast track closed at Otford

The Coast track is closed at Otford due to landslips. There is no alternative route from this point.

The area at Otford will remain closed until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 8.53am

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 Wed 1 Feb 2023, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 3.44pm

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 25 Jan 2022, 4.10pm to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 11.57am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 8.05am

Closed areas: Berowra walking track closure

Berowra walking track, from Berowra to Apple Tree bay, including the Mount Ku-ring-gai access track, is closed until further notice.

There is a significant threat of rockfalls due to slope instability, caused by recent weather events. NPWS will further assess the track and carry 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 Thu 9 Jul 2020, 2.52pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Sep 2022, 12.01pm

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 Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Nov 2022, 9.20am

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 Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10.39pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 2.44am. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Oct 2022, 7.15am

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 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 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, contact the local park office on 02 9451 3479 or 02 8448 0440.

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Applies from Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10.05pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 2.06am. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Oct 2022, 7.15am

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 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 in Garigal 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, contact the local park office on 02 9451 3479.

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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 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 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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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/clark-island/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. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Other fees:

    Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.

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Emergency services

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