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South Head

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Venue info

All the practical information you need to know about South Head.

Getting there and parking

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    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • Dry weather only


    Nearest parking is on Cliff Street at Watsons Bay. Parking is limited and is only permitted in marked spaces. Spaces can’t be reserved for guests. Visitors risk incurring fines for parking or driving in non-designated areas. From here it's a 750m walk with steps and uneven surfaces to South Head.

    Public transport

    Bus services stop near this venue. Contact the Transport Information Line on 131500 for more information.


    The following facilities are not available:

    • Rubbish bins - All rubbish must be taken with you when you leave.
    • Barbecues- you can bring a portable gas barbecue that is fitted with a fat drip tray.


    Public toilets are located at Camp Cove and Lady Bay.

    2 x male and 3 x female - flush

    Drinking water

    Potable water is available.
    1 tap

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Venue hire fees apply to certain bookings. For more information, email the Events and Venues Unit or phone (02) 9585 6570.

    Safety messages

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).


    Disability access level - hard

    Wheelchairs can access the area around Watsons Bay’s restaurants and Robertson Park, but the lookouts and walks are not suitable for wheelchairs.




    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    South Head

    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 or Rodd Island, 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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