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Sydney Harbour National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 5 February 2019, 11.57am

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

Nearby alerts

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, 9.38am

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 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 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 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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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/walking-tracks/fairfax-walk/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 Island, all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

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Emergency services

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

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Fairfax Lookout, Sydney harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan