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Shark Island

Sydney Harbour National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 23 August 2019, 10.21am

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 11 Oct 2019, 11.31am to Mon 21 Oct 2019, 11.16am. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Oct 2019, 11.44am

Other planned events: Intermittent reception

There is intermittent network reception across the park due to a Telstra fault. This is impacting EFTPOS payments at entry stations and ticket machines. 

We recommend that visitors bring cash for vehicle entry fees ($8) to avoid delays.

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Applies from Fri 6 Sep 2019, 10.25am to Sun 27 Oct 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 17 Oct 2019, 4.39pm

Safety alerts: Weed control work underway

Weed control work will be underway in isolated areas of this park between Monday 9 September and Friday 27 September 2019. An authorised herbicide may be used and signs will be in place where work is underway.

For further information please call Ranger David Croft on 02 9542 0669.

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Applies from Fri 20 Sep 2019, 1.50pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Sep 2019, 1.57pm

Other planned events: Senegal tea aquatic weed spraying

NPWS will be treating an aquatic weed called senegal tea at sites along the Hacking River on Monday 23 September and Tuesday 24 September 2019. We will be using a herbicide called metsulfuron-methyl and glyphosate. Signs will be displayed at each site during times of application.

For further information about the program, please contact the Royal National Park area office on 02 9542 0632 or email npws.royal@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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Applies from Tue 27 Aug 2019, 10.48am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10.49am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Aug 2019, 10.01am

Other planned events: 1080 fox program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is underway in Towra Point Nature Reserve, finishing on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The program is part of the NPWS FoxTap program, and is designed to control foxes to assist in recovery of little terns and pied oystercatchers.

1080 poison can affect non-target species like domestic dogs and cats. Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

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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 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 Fri 14 Jun 2019, 1.08pm to Wed 30 Oct 2019, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Jul 2019, 10.48am

Other planned events: Construction work at Wattamolla

A new amenities building is being built at Wattamolla, starting from Tuesday 11 June 2019 and continuing through winter. Temporary amenities will be available during this construction period. Picnic areas and the surrounding area will remain open. Please take care around the construction area. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The new amenities will be open before summer starts. These works are part of the Wattamolla Master Plan, which addresses the challenges of managing visitation and protecting the natural and cultural values of this area.

For more information, please email the NPWS Royal National Park Visitor Centre or call 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 17 May 2019, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Oct 2019, 11.29am

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
  • From Wednesday 9 October to Sunday 13 October 2019

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 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 Fri 4 Jan 2019, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 3.30pm

Other planned events: Figure Eight Pools - check the wave risk forecast before visiting

If you’re thinking about visiting Figure Eight Pools, stay safe and check our webpage before you go. Our new wave risk forecast tool will show you the best day and time to visit and can predict ocean conditions 4 days in advance. For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 10 Dec 2018, 2.35pm to Tue 31 Dec 2019, 2.28pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Jan 2019, 1.18pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 ground baiting and ejector program targeting foxes is underway in Eurobodalla National Park, Mimosa Rocks National Park, Bournda National Park and nature reserve, Gulaga National Park, Ben Boyd National Park and South East Forest National Park. The program is ongoing throughout the entire year. Visitors are reminded that 1080 is harmful to domestic animals. There are 1080 warning signs at entrances and exits throughout the reserve areas. For further information call the NPWS Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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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 Fri 1 May 2015, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1.00pm

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather

Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.

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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/shark-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.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour islands. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes not valid for landing fees.

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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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Shark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan