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Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

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    From Sydney:

    • Drive north from the CBD along Pacific Highway, turn right onto Mona Vale Road, just past Gordon, and continue for 2km.
    • Turn right onto Rosedale Road , just north of St Ives shopping centre, and drive for 1km.
    • At the sign for the reserve, park at the southern end and walk in.

    Park entry points

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve is accessible by train from Pymble Station. It’s also accessible by bus along Mona Vale Road. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Dalrymple-Hay National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


    Autumn is a great time of year to view the abundant birdlife such as pardalotes, lorikeets and silver-eyes.


    A great time for a walking through the forest as native flowers, such as the blue flax lily and a range of orchids, burst with colour.


    On a hot Sydney afternoon, retreat to the cool forest with an understorey of lush ferns.


    A brisk early morning walk along the short steep track is a great way to get your heart pumping and ward off the winter chill.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    17.5°C and 25.9°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    8°C and 17.8°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    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).



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve


    • in the Sydney and surrounds region
    • Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

      • Bobbin Head Visitor Centre
        02 9472 8949
        Contact hours: 10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
      • 688 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah, NSW 2079
      • Email:

    Nearby towns

    Wahroonga (6 km)

    Located on Sydney's upper north shore, Wahroonga is within short driving distance of Lane Cove National Park, Berowra Valley Regional Park, and the heritage-listed Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Australia's second-oldest national park, Ku-ring-gai Chase offers a range of recreational activities, as well as cafes and picnic areas.

    Parramatta (22 km)

    Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

    Sydney City Centre (23 km)

    No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.