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Davidson Park picnic area and boat ramp

Garigal National Park

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 5.18pm

Closed areas: Clark Island closure

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

  • Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3 December 2022
  • Tuesday 27th December 2022 to Tuesday 3rd 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.

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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 Mon 28 Nov 2022, 3.43pm to Thu 1 Dec 2022, 3.44pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 3.48pm

Closed areas: Cemetery Firetrail closed for maintenance

The Cemetery Firetrail in the La Perouse section of Kamay Botany National Park is closed for maintenance from Tuesday 29 November to Thursday 1 December 2022.

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: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 3.50pm

Closed areas: Bobbin Head toilet blocks closed for upgrades

The toilet blocks at Orchard Park and Gibberagong will be closed for upgrades from Monday 7 March until December 2022 (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 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 Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 3.37pm

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison will be closed until late 2023.

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 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 Thu 27 Jan 2022, 1.23pm to Thu 1 Dec 2022, 1.26pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 3.28pm

Closed areas: Gardeners cottage closed due to construction

Gardeners Cottage is closed from March 2022 until further notice due to the seawall construction at Shark Beach, Nielsen Park. 

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 2.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 2.05pm

Closed areas: Shark Island closure

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

  • Friday 9 December 2022 
  • Tuesday 27 December 2022 to Tuesday 3 January 2023
  • Friday 10 February to Wednesday 22 February 2023 (Sail GP event).

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.

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Applies from Tue 20 Sep 2022, 5.00am to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.58am

Closed areas: Areas closed for track upgrade

The Bouddi Coastal walk is closed between Mount Bouddi track and Old Quarry trail from Tuesday 20 September until Friday 16 December 2022 for track works. There is no access to this part of Bouddi Coastal walk during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Girrakool area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.31am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.32am. Last reviewed: Sat 26 Nov 2022, 9.01am

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 Mon 21 Nov 2022, 9.27am to Tue 20 Dec 2022, 9.28am. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 11.02am

Closed parks: Cattai National Park closed due to flood damage

Cattai National Park, including Cattai Picnic Area, Cattai Campground and Mitchell Park are currently closed due to flood damage

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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 Wed 17 Aug 2022, 8.10am. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Nov 2022, 2.51pm

Safety alerts: No access to some picnic tables and seats at Shark Island

Access is closed to 2 picnic tables and the seats in shelters at Shark Island. This is to allow for maintenance works to be carried out to repair these facilities. 

The pavilion, 2 other picnic tables with seats and 3 shelters (2 with limited furniture) are still available for use. Large lawn areas are still available for recreation.

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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 Wed 16 Nov 2022, 9.43am to Fri 23 Dec 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 10.38am

Other planned events: Piles Creek Loop Walking Track Maintenance

Expect short delays on the eastern side of Piles Creek Loop Walking Track from Monday 21 November to Friday 23 December 2022 while maintenance work is underway.

Follow the directions of contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the Central Coast Area Office on 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 27 Oct 2022, 9.38am to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 9.44am. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Nov 2022, 1.36pm

Safety alerts: Toxic algae bloom detected on NSW coastline

Toxic algae bloom has been detected on the NSW coastline. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) advises people not to consume shellfish (including bivalves, crustaceans and gastropods) collected or caught in Broken Bay and Twofold Bay.

For more information, visit the NSW Food Authority website and refer to Hornsby Shire Council website for up-to-date information on water quality. 

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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 Mon 23 May 2022, 1.55pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2022, 9.01am

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between Reservoir Road, Somersby and Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek is closed until further notice due to a flood damaged bridge.

This area will reopen as soon as it is safe.

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 Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2022, 9.00am

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail partial closure

The section of Brieses fire trail between Mooney Mooney Creek and Old Mooney Dam trail is closed until Sunday 4 December 2022 due to a landslip, making it unsafe for vehicles.

Signs are in place around closed areas. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe and repair works have been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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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 Fri 28 Oct 2022, 4.21pm to Fri 23 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 3.44pm

Safety alerts: Hazardous trail conditions in Marramarra National Park

Please be advised that there are hazardous trail surface conditions on the Canoelands Ridge trail and the Gentlemans Halt track in Marramarra National Park due to essential transmission line maintenance works. Please proceed with caution. For further information contact the local Area office on (02) 8448 0401.

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 1.45pm to Thu 15 Dec 2022, 1.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 3.43pm

Other planned events: Annual maintenance and inspection - NPWS Cowan courtesy moorings

NPWS public moorings in Cowan Creek are currently undergoing annual inspection and servicing. Individual moorings may be out of service temporarily while repairs and maintenance are completed.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 24 Oct 2022, 9.35am to Sun 4 Dec 2022, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Oct 2022, 9.40am

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from ongoing rainfall events.

The road has a tendency to develop deep ruts and boggy sections, making it unsafe and impassable for vehicles.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists. However, please take care when traversing wet sections as they may be slippery.

Alternate pedestrian access to Warrah lookout is available via Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail.

The road will be re-opened as soon as it is safe and repair work has been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm to Sun 11 Aug 2024, 11.58am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 10.38am

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 7.00am to Sun 5 Mar 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 3.21pm

Other planned events: Notice of fire trail maintenance program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking fire trail maintenance works in Brisbane Water National Park from Monday 19 September 2022 for a period of up to 6 months (pending suitable weather conditions).

The maintenance work will repair damaged drainage assets and infrastructure that supports and is essential to the ongoing operation of the trails.

Trails will remain open for the duration of the construction works, with adequate signage and diversions (if required) in place.

Please contact the the local Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 for more information.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 8.53am

Closed areas: Bradleys Head toilets closed due to rockfall

The toilet block at Bradleys Head - Booraghee Amphitheatre is closed from Monday 1 August 2022 until further notice due to a rock fall.

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

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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 9.36am to Thu 31 Aug 2023, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 3.43pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve closed

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time.

Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

For more information about the reserve, 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 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 Fri 8 Oct 2021, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 8.54am

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 December 2022 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 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 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 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/davidson-park-picnic-area-and-boat-ramp/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Garigal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Garigal National Park is open 6am to 6.30pm (8pm during daylight savings) but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at Davidson Park only. 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).

    Daily entry fee exemption for teachers and educational supervisors (1 adult per 10 children) applies only for organised and pre-arranged group bookings.

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Emergency services

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