Hornby Lighthouse, South Head

Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

With its spectacular views across the iconic Sydney Harbour and onward towards the Tasman Sea, South Head is an ideal venue hire option. It’s an awe-inspiring backdrop to any event.

Venue is suitable for
Wedding ceremonies, private party or function
Capacity
Maximum people: 120
Facilities
Drinking water, toilets
Availability
Available for hire 7 days a week, except 26th & 31st Dec and 1st Jan.
Bookings

To make a booking or for more information, please email the Events and Venues Unit or phone (02) 9585 6570.

Other Information
This venue is also suitable for commercial and public events such as live performances, festivals and product launches.

South Head is known for its sheer ocean cliffs and military history. But it’s the picture-perfect views that make it one of Sydney’s most unique outdoor venues for a wedding ceremony or a private party your guests won't ever forget..

The Gap features an unbeatable lookout. Climb to the top to gaze out over Sydney Harbour to the Tasman Sea. If you’re there between June and September, you and your guests can even keep your eyes open for whales on their annual migration journey.

While celebrating your special day, you and your guests can walk along South Head Heritage trail, where you’ll find even more spectacular lookouts and photo opportunities. Along the way, check out the 19th-century gun emplacements and the whimsical-looking Hornby Lighthouse.

You and your guests can even swim at Camp Cove or at Lady Bay Beach and stop to see the Dunbar shipwreck memorial and site. And, if you’re feeling peckish after taking in all that sea air, why not stop for a bite to eat at one of Watsons Bay’s restaurants, pubs or cafes?

For directions, safety and practical information, see venue info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/venues/south-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.

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Venue info

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

Getting there and parking

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    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    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. Pay and display fees apply.

    Public transport

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

    Facilities

    The following facilities are not available:

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

    Toilets

    Public toilets are located at Camp Cove and Lady Bay.

    2 x male and 2 x female - flush

    Drinking water

    Potable water is available.
    1 tap

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Venue hire fees may 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 + 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).

    Accessibility

    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.

    Prohibited

    Pets

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

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Views over Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan