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Halfway Point picnic area

Lane Cove National Park

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Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 12.12pm to Mon 12 Dec 2022, 12.12pm. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 12.33pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for hazard reduction burning

Some parts of this park are closed for hazard reduction burning from Tuesday 6 December 2022. The burn is expected to run over two days, followed by patrol and mop up until declared safe. The closed areas are:

  • Lyrebird Gully track between the Great North Walk and Glenview Road, Mount Kuring-gai.
  • Arthurs trail between Merlin Close and Excelsior Road, Mount Kuring-gai.
  • Banyula, Galahad, Yatala, Lyrebrid Gully, Crawford, Mundowie and Gundah Ridge trails.
  • Gundah Ridge rock climbing area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. This burn is called Sue Place Mount Kuring-gai. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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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 Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 3.34pm

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 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.

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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 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 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 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 Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10.15pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 2.17am. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Nov 2022, 2.57pm

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 Sydney Harbour National Park in the following areas: 

  • 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 5 Dec 2022, 7.16am

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 5 Dec 2022, 7.16am

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 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/halfway-point-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

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

  • Park entry fees:

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

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

    Group bookings:

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

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Emergency services

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