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Fairfax lookout, North Head

Sydney Harbour National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 28 January 2020, 10.57am

Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.31pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.57am.

Other planned events: Annual passes no longer available at Middle Head office

From Tuesday 31 December 2019, annual passes will no longer be sold at NPWS Middle Head office. Passes can be purchased online, in person or by phone.

Online:

In person:

  • Bobbin Head Information Centre. 688 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mt Colah 2079. Open 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
  • Lane Cove National Park office. Max Allen Drive, Lindfield 2070. Open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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 Fri 14 Feb 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 2.53pm

Closed areas: Lane Cove National Park - partial closure

Lane Cove National Park has partially reopened. Some picnic areas within Lane Cove National Park are open, though facilities such as barbecues and toilets may still be affected. Please follow signage and direction from NPWS staff. All tracks and trails remain closed due to flooding and unsafe conditions. 

For more information, contact the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Fri 14 Feb 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 2.24pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

All areas in this park are closed from Monday 10 February 2020 until further notice due to flood damage and unsafe conditions. This includes all tracks, trails, campgrounds and picnic areas. Access through parks may be limited. Please find alternate routes. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 11 Feb 2020, 3.33pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 4.11pm

Closed areas: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - partial closure

All roads and visitor precincts in Ku-ring-gai west have now reopened, though some facilities such as barbecues and toilets may still be affected.

Some areas remain closed due to flooding and unsafe conditions. The closed areas include:

  • Kalkari Visitor Centre 
  • Gibberagong Education Centre
  • All tracks and trails

All areas within Ku-ring-gai east are open.

For more information, contact the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, the North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or the Forestville office on 02 9451 3479.

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Applies from Wed 5 Feb 2020, 3.35pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.31pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Feb 2020, 8.32am

Other incidents: Varneys Bridge closed during maintenance

Varneys Bridge at Audley will be undergoing maintenance between Sunday 23 February 2020 and Friday 6 March 2020. There will be no vehicle or pedestrian access across the bridge during this period.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jan 2020, 10.24am. Last reviewed: Fri 31 Jan 2020, 10.56am

Safety alerts: Boat moorings in Cowan Waters

The NPWS public boat moorings in Cowan Waters may be out of service for a short period due to servicing and maintenance. Works are expected to finish by the end of February 2020. For more information, contact the Bobbin Head Information Centre on 02 9472 8949.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 1.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jan 2020, 1.50pm

Other planned events: Toilet closure - Kurnell

The toilets at the Commemoration Flat and Cricketers Pitch areas in Kamay Botany Bay National Park will be closed for repairs from Monday 3 February 2020 to Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Toilets will be available at the Visitors Centre, a short walk from the closed buildings. Picnic areas and the surrounds will remain accessible.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Kamay Botany Bay National Park office on 02 9668 2010 or email npws.sydneysouth@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Applies from Sat 1 Feb 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.36am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Sydney Harbour National Park. This includes Chowder Bay and 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.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 local park office:

  • Middle Head on 02 9960 6266 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Sat 1 Feb 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.26am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured and fresh baits in Lane Cove National Park.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 local park office on:

  • Lane Cove 8448 0400 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Fri 31 Jan 2020, 9.47am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.24am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Garigal National Park.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 local park office on:

  • Forestville on 02 9451 3479 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Fri 31 Jan 2020, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.24am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 local park office on:

  • Forestville on 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove on 02 8448 0400 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Mon 28 Oct 2019, 11.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Feb 2020, 2.35pm

Closed areas: Shark Island closure

Shark Island will be closed to the public on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 19 February to Wednesday 4 March 2020 for an event
  • Thursday 26 March 2020

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

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Applies from Fri 17 May 2019, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Feb 2020, 2.37pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland rifle range operation schedule

For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations. Tese closures may occur with little or no notice. 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.

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.

Contacts
To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, call 02 9661 4532. To contact the NPWS area office, email the Environment line

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.31pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.57am

Other planned events: Annual passes no longer available at Middle Head office

From Tuesday 31 December 2019, annual passes will no longer be sold at NPWS Middle Head office. Passes can be purchased online, in person or by phone.

Online:

In person:

  • Bobbin Head Information Centre. 688 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mt Colah 2079. Open 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
  • Lane Cove National Park office. Max Allen Drive, Lindfield 2070. Open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.27pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.57am

Other planned events: Annual passes no longer available at Forestville office

From Tuesday 31 December 2019, annual passes will no longer be sold at NPWS Forestville office. Passes can be purchased online, in person or by phone.

Online:

In person:

  • Bobbin Head Information Centre. 688 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mt Colah 2079. Open 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
  • Lane Cove National Park office. Max Allen Drive, Lindfield 2070. Open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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 28 Jan 2020, 10.57am

Other planned events: Annual Passes no longer available at Forestville office

From Tuesday 31 December 2019, annual passes will no longer be sold at NPWS Forestville office. Passes can be purchased online, in person or by phone.

Online:

In person:

  • Bobbin Head Information Centre. 688 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mt Colah 2079. Open 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
  • Lane Cove National Park office.  Max Allen Drive, Lindfield 2070. Open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Nov 2019, 3.10pm

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.

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 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 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 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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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/venues/north-head/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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Views over Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan