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Davidson Park picnic area and boat ramp

Garigal National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 18 March 2019, 2.13pm

Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2015, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 2.13pm.

Closed areas: Casuarina Track closed between Boree Road and Davidson picnic area

Casuarina track between Carrol Creek and Davidson Picnic area, Forestville is closed indefinitely due to the removal of the stairway down to the picnic area after safety concerns. Lyrebird track is the recommended alternative access which connects to the Governor Philip Walk or Ferguson Street. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Forestville office on 02 9451 3479 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 23 Aug 2019, 9.03am. Last reviewed: Sun 25 Aug 2019, 3.53pm

Hazard reduction burns: Beachview HR

There is a fire in this park called Beachview 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 Sun 18 Aug 2019, 9.56pm. Last reviewed: Sun 25 Aug 2019, 12.58pm

Fires - Advice: Long Nose Point Fire, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase

There is a fire in this park called Long Nose Point Fire, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase. 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 Sat 24 Aug 2019, 4.20pm to Tue 3 Sep 2019, 1.45am. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Aug 2019, 2.32pm

Closed areas: Jennifer Street boardwalk closed

Some areas in Kamay Botany Bay National Park will be closed on Monday 2 September 2019 because a hazard reduction burn will be underway. The closed areas are:

  • Jennifer Street boardwalk
  • Jennifer Street from Dawes Road

There will be delays on Cape Banks Road during this time. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Greycliffe House local area office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 12 Aug 2019, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Aug 2019, 10.21am

Safety alerts: Lower steps on Shark Island Wharf closed

The lower 4 steps of Shark Island Wharf are closed due to a safety hazard. Using these steps for berthing, drop-off and pick-up is prohibited. Access is only possible using the upper stairs.

Small vessels and boats may not be able to berth, particularly at low tide.

For more information, call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Thu 18 Jul 2019, 4.33pm to Mon 30 Sep 2019, 4.33pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Aug 2019, 11.04am

Other planned events: Fox control operations - Dobroyd Head

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting of foxes in Sydney Harbour National Park at Dobroyd Head.

This baiting program will run from Thursday 18 July 2019 until further notice. It will reduce the impacts of foxes on wildlife and threatened species in the park.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baits are lethal to domestic dogs and cats. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please restrain assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas. If assistance dogs are required in the baiting area, we suggest muzzling them.

For more information, contact the local park office on 02 9451 3479 or 1300 072 757 after hours.

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Applies from Thu 1 Aug 2019, 12.01am to Fri 31 Jan 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 9.38am

Other planned events: 1080 baiting program underway

A 1080 baiting program will be underway in Garigal National Park from Thursday 1 August 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits or ejector capsules, which are laid continuously and in an ongoing manner on tracks and trails in parts of this park. Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information please contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 during business hours. After business hours, contact the NPWS after-hours call centre on 02 8579 0537.

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Applies from Thu 1 Aug 2019, 12.01am to Fri 31 Jan 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 9.44am

Other planned events: 1080 baiting program underway

A 1080 baiting program will be underway in Lane Cove National Park from Thursday 1 August 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits or ejector capsules, which are laid continuously and in an ongoing manner on tracks and trails in parts of this park. Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information please contact the NPWS Lane Cove National Park area office on 02 8448 0400 during business hours. After business hours, contact the NPWS after-hours call centre on 02 8579 0537.

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Applies from Thu 1 Aug 2019, 12.01am to Fri 31 Jan 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 9.38am

Other planned events: 1080 baiting program underway

A 1080 baiting program will be underway in Sydney Harbour National Park from Thursday 1 August 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits or ejector capsules, which are laid continuously and in an ongoing manner on tracks and trails in parts of this park.

The areas where the baiting will be underway are Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North headlands. North Head includes adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management, and Quarantine Station.

Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information please contact the NPWS Middle Head area office on 02 9960 6266 during business hours. After business hours, contact the NPWS after-hours call centre on 02 8579 0537.

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Applies from Thu 1 Aug 2019, 12.01am to Fri 31 Jan 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 9.37am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 baiting program will be underway in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park from Thursday 1 August 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) as buried baits or ejector capsules are laid continuously and in an ongoing manner on tracks and trails in this park. Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information please contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 or the NPWS Lane Cove National Park area office on 02 8448 0400 during business hours. After business hours, contact the NPWS after-hours call centre on 02 8579 0537.

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Applies from Sat 1 Jun 2019, 11.31am to Sat 31 Aug 2019, 11.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jun 2019, 9.59am

Other planned events: Great North walk diversion - Patonga

Central Coast Council is redeveloping Dark Corner boat ramp and carpark at Patonga. During construction, access to Great North walk at this location in Brisbane Water National Park will be diverted to a pedestrian track along the beach. The project is expected to be finished by the end of August 2019.

This project is part of the NSW Roads and Maritime Services Boating Now program. For further details about the project, please email Central Coast Council or call 1300 463 954. You can also email the NPWS Central Coast area office or call 02 4320 4200. 

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Applies from Sat 25 May 2019, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 May 2019, 1.27pm

Hazard reduction burns: Pile Burn Gundy Place

There is a fire in this park called Pile Burn Gundy Place. 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 17 May 2019, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Aug 2019, 12.28pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland Rifle Range operation schedule

1. For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice.

2. Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed.

3. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday
  • 1st Sunday of the month
  • 3rd Sunday of the month

These closures apply to the eastern section of the park only (Boora Point walking track).

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open.

The range operation schedule is provided by the NSW Rifle Association.

4. Contacts

To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, call 02 9661 4532.

To contact the NPWS area office, email the Environment line or call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Wed 8 May 2019, 4.25pm to Mon 30 Sep 2019, 4.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Jun 2019, 3.20pm

Closed areas: North Head fox control operations

A fox control operation is in progress across North Head from Tuesday 8 May 2019 until further notice. Areas where trapping is underway will be signposted. Please keep to the centre of formed tracks.

Some areas may be closed temporarily. Signage will be in place around any closed areas.

For further information please contact the Sydney North Area office on 02 9451 3479 during weekdays or 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) on weekends.

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Applies from Fri 3 May 2019, 3.52pm to Sun 1 Sep 2019, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 May 2019, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Lady Bay Beach closed

Lady Bay Beach will be closed at times from May to August 2019. NSW National Parks will be repairing the sandstone retaining wall and replacing the staircase above the beach during this time.

To ensure visitor safety, the beach will be closed at times during repairs. Please don't enter closed areas during construction. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Alternative beach access is available nearby at Camp Cove, and there are clothing-optional beaches at Cobblers and Obelisk beaches in Mosman.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Vaucluse office on 02 9337 7000, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2015, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 2.13pm

Closed areas: Casuarina Track closed between Boree Road and Davidson picnic area

Casuarina track between Carrol Creek and Davidson Picnic area, Forestville is closed indefinitely due to the removal of the stairway down to the picnic area after safety concerns. Lyrebird track is the recommended alternative access which connects to the Governor Philip Walk or Ferguson Street. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Forestville office on 02 9451 3479 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 10 Apr 2018, 7.00am to Sat 31 Aug 2019, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Feb 2019, 2.50pm

Other planned events: Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge maintenance works

NSW Roads and Maritime Services are undertaking essential maintenance work on Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge, Old Pacific Highway. Users of the Great North Walk may experience temporary delays at this location between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.

The anticipated completion date is August 2019.

For further details about the proposed maintenance work, visit the RMS project webpage. Alternatively, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 or by email.

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Applies from Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Feb 2019, 11.57am

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

North Head Scenic Drive gate closing and opening times will change in summer and winter. The following times include:

  • From Thursday 6 December 2018: In summer, the gate is open from 5am until 8.30pm
  • From Monday 1 April 2019: In winter, the gate is open from 6am until 6pm

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Applies from Wed 12 Sep 2018, 10.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Mar 2019, 11.11am

Closed areas: Walking tracks upgrade

Access to walking tracks between Cape Banks and Henry Head is affected due to track upgrades:

  • The link to Cape Banks walking track and Henry Head walking track is closed
  • Cape Banks walking track to Cape banks Headland is open
  • Henry Head walking track to Cruwee Cove Beach is open

These upgrades are almost complete, however not officially open.

NSW National Parks apologises for any inconvenience this might cause. For more information please call the NPWS Greycliffe House office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jun 2018, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jul 2018, 8.54am

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Bewrowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek.

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.

Applies from Tue 23 Aug 2016, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Aug 2019, 11.13am

Closed areas: Collins Flat not available for venue hire

Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire. This is due to the impact of high visitation on the critical penguin habitat at this location. This closure will be reviewed at the end of the breeding season in February 2020.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Mosman area office on 02 9960 6266.

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 1.30pm

Closed areas: Flat Rock track - partial closure

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 Tue 1 Dec 2015, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 8.52am

Closed areas: Lane Cove National Park toilet closures

From Monday 7 December 2015, some toilets within this park will be closed during the week, opening only on weekends and public holidays. Toilets affected are:

  • 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- toilets will be opened for any bookings. For more information, please contact the NPWS Valleys Area office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Oct 2016, 10.38am

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail

There is no public access available through private property to Old Wagstaffe trail. Signs indicate where public access is not permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on (02) 4320 4200 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/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 at Davidson Park only. There are coin-operated or credit card pay and display machines. 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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      Contact hours: 10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
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The view along the river. Photo: Shaun Sursok