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Nielsen Park

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 17 November 2020, 11.24am

Applies from Mon 16 Nov 2020, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Nov 2020, 11.24am.

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 28 Nov 2020, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Sat 28 Nov 2020, 10.41am

Closed areas: De Burghs Cycleway Partial Closure 9 - 30 November

The De Burghs Cycleway will be closed 9 - 30 November 2020 for remediation works. Walkers and cyclists must detour via Fontenoy Rd and Yanko Road pedestrian crossings. 

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Applies from Tue 20 Oct 2020, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Nov 2020, 3.31pm

Other planned events: Lane Cove National Park - increased visitation

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

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 Tuesday 1 December 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be increasing from 30 to 50 people, including children. 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 Fri 27 Nov 2020, 7.35am to Tue 8 Dec 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Nov 2020, 11.33am

Safety alerts: Five Mile Creek trail upgrades

Five Mile Creek trail will be closed for maintenance from Tuesday 1 December to Monday 7 December 2020. 

For more information, contact the NPWS Forestville office on 02 9451 3479.

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Nov 2020, 1.14pm

Closed areas: Malabar Headland Anzac Rifle Range

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. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday from 7.30am
  • Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month

Please Note:

  • There will be no shooting on Saturday 26 December 2020

  • The first shooting day for 2021 will be Saturday 2 January

  • The 2020 Queens Championships are scheduled to be held from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 January 2021.

3. 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

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.

 

Contacts

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

To contact the NPWS area office, call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Fri 20 Nov 2020, 3.30pm to Thu 24 Dec 2020, 3.32pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Nov 2020, 4.12pm

Safety alerts: Collins Flat track upgrades

The section of track between Collins Beach Road and Collins Flat Beach will be upgraded from Thursday 26 November until 24 December 2020. Collins Flat track will remain open, though care should be taken.

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

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Applies from Mon 16 Nov 2020, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Nov 2020, 11.24am

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 Mon 16 Nov 2020, 3.39pm to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 3.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Nov 2020, 11.21am

Safety alerts: Browns Waterhole cycle way - track works

Access to Lane Cove National Park, Browns Waterhole track will be temporarily disrupted whilst works are undertaken to address flood damage and associated hazards.

Some paths or areas may be one-directional, temporarily closed or have other safety restrictions in place. Please observe directional signs and guidance.

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Applies from Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 27 Oct 2020, 3.11pm

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 Tue 27 Oct 2020, 10.14am. Last reviewed: Tue 27 Oct 2020, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Lower track closed

Lower track in Wolli Creek Regional Park is temporarily closed while remediation is carried out on Lot 2.

Undercliffe track remains open through to Jackson track and Turrella Reserve.

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

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Applies from Thu 16 Apr 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Oct 2020, 11.26am

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 Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.59pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.33pm

Other planned events: Middle 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.14pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.33pm

Other planned events: Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walking track - 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.18pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.32pm

Other planned events: Harbour Bridge to The Spit Bridge walking track - 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.06pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.29pm

Other planned events: Arabanoo lookout and Dobroyd Head area - 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.04pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.29pm

Other planned events: Georges 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.53pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.15pm

Other planned events: Collins Flat Beach - 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.50pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.08pm

Other planned events: Fairfax walk and lookout - 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.45pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.06pm

Other planned events: Bradleys Head Amphitheatre - 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.35pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.05pm

Other planned events: North 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.45pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 1.31pm

Other planned events: Stepping Stone Crossing walking track - 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.42pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 10.33am

Other planned events: Davidson Park picnic area and boat ramp - 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 2pm
  • 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 maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.31pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Sep 2020, 9.57am

Other planned events: Middle Head office closed to public – still taking phone calls and emails

Middle Head office is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone or email for information.

Passes can be purchased online or by phone:

Online:

  • NPWS website
  • Service NSW when renewing your NSW vehicle registration. This includes $15 discount on a 1 year All Parks Pass or 1 year Multi Parks Pass

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.24pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Sep 2020, 9.56am

Other planned events: Forestville office closed to public – still taking phone calls and emails

Forestville office is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone or email for information.

Passes can be purchased online or by phone:

Online:

  • NPWS website 
  • Service NSW when renewing your NSW vehicle registration. This includes $15 discount on a 1 year All Parks Pass or 1 year Multi Parks Pass.

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Sep 2020, 10.12am

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 Thu 3 Sep 2020, 9.25am to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 9.28am. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Sep 2020, 10.48am

Closed areas: Jenkins Kitchen closed

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, Jenkins Kitchen will be closed until further notice.

For more information, call 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 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 Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.57am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 10.58am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 8.06am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program in Garigal National Park between Saturday 1 August 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021. The program involves the use of manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The operation is continuous and ongoing. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices.

All baiting locations are signposted.

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 Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 during business hours. Alternatively, call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.55am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 10.56am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 8.06am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting 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 is continuous and ongoing between Saturday 1 August 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021 in Sydney Harbour National Park.

The affected areas 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)

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

All baiting locations are signposted.

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.

For more information, contact the NPWS Middle Head area office on 02 9960 6266 during business hours. Alternatively, call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.53am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 10.53am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 8.06am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program in Lane Cove National Park between Saturday 1 August 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021. The program involves the use of 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 . Don’t touch baits or ejector devices.

All baiting locations are signposted.

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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lane Cove area office on 02 8448 0400 during business hours. Alternatively, call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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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 23 Mar 2020, 4.29pm

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/nielsen-park/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.

    Other fees:

    Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark, Goat or Rodd Island, or Fort Denison, 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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