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Malabar Headland National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 18 November 2022, 3.14pm

Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Nov 2022, 3.14pm.

Closed areas: Closed areas due to rifle range operations

The eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park will be closed on the following dates/times due to rifle range operations:

  • Every Saturday, 8am to 5pm
  • Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month, 8am to 5pm
  • Last shooting day for 2022 is Saturday, 17 December 2022
  • First shooting day for 2023 is Saturday, 7 January 2022

Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • The 'rifle range in use' warning signs are displayed at the park entry (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed.

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) is open when the rifle range is in use.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local area office on 02 9337 5511 or the ANZAC Rifle Range on 02 9661 4532.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 6 Dec 2022, 3.47pm to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Dec 2022, 4.03pm

Closed areas: Bradleys Head Road closed due to maintenance

Bradleys Head Road is closed at the Rifle Wall from Tuesday 6 December 2022 until 6pm Friday 9 December 2022 due to maintenance works resulting from a rockfall. There is no vehicle access to Bradleys Head-Booraghee Amphitheatre. Parking is available at Rifle Wall and Athol Hall carparks.

The Amphitheatre precinct remains open to walkers, who should take care due to works in the vicinity.

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Dec 2022, 2.32pm

Closed areas: Clark Island closure

Clark Island will be closed to the public between 8am to 8pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 27 December 2022 to Tuesday 3 January 2023.

Events will be happening on those dates. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 3.34pm

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison will be closed until late 2023.

Conservation and upgrade works are currently underway. Key elements include the construction of a new accessible wharf and maintenance and upgrade to buildings and services. Fort Denison will be closed to visitors until these works have been complete.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Standard work hours during the construction phase will be between:

  • 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday
  • 8am and 1pm on Saturday

Noise monitoring stations will be set up in Kirribilli and Cremorne to check any over-water noise so that it does not exceed legal levels. It is not expected to be high.

For more information, visit the project webpage or call the NPWS Sydney South area office on 02 9337 5511. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11.40am

Closed areas: North Head scenic area closures

The following areas in the North Head scenic area will be closed while upgrades are underway:

  • Fairfax walking track, Fairfax Lookout, Fairfax carpark and bus stop are closed until the end of January 2023 for the construction of new lookouts.
  • North Head Scenic Drive and loop road are open to vehicles.
  • The bus stop opposite the Bella Vista Café is open.

These closures may be extended without notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 2.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 2.05pm

Closed areas: Shark Island closure

Shark Island will be closed to the public between 8am to 8pm on the following dates:

  • Friday 9 December 2022 
  • Tuesday 27 December 2022 to Tuesday 3 January 2023
  • Friday 10 February to Wednesday 22 February 2023 (Sail GP event).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10.15pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 2.17am. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Nov 2022, 2.57pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 in Sydney Harbour National Park in the following areas: 

  • Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North Headlands
  • North Head includes the adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management and Quarantine Station.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices.

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 9451 3479.

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Applies from Wed 17 Aug 2022, 8.10am. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Nov 2022, 2.51pm

Safety alerts: No access to some picnic tables and seats at Shark Island

Access is closed to 2 picnic tables and the seats in shelters at Shark Island. This is to allow for maintenance works to be carried out to repair these facilities. 

The pavilion, 2 other picnic tables with seats and 3 shelters (2 with limited furniture) are still available for use. Large lawn areas are still available for recreation.

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 2.41pm to Tue 3 Jan 2023, 2.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Nov 2022, 1.51pm

Closed areas: Strickland House closure

Strickland House and grounds are closed from 8am, Friday 30 December 2022 to 8am, Sunday 1 January 2023.

For more information, call the NPWS Vaucluse area office on  02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Nov 2022, 10.06am

Closed areas: Kurnell Visitor Centre closed for upgrades

Kurnell Visitor Centre is currently closed until further notice. The site is being prepared for a new visitor centre as part of the Kamay 2020 Project. 

Learn more about the improvements being made as part of the Kamay 2020 Master Plan Project or contact the local area office email.

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Applies from Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 12.57pm

Closed areas: North Head partial closure

Some parts of North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to fire damage and geological instability. The closed areas include:

  • Bluefish Point
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant emergency access road
  • Fairfax lookouts

Do not enter the closed areas.

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • North Head Sanctuary and Bella Vista Cafe (entry via North Fort)
  • Parking areas at North Fort
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • Bluefish Drive to the Avenue of Honour
  • Collins Flat Beach
  • Collins Beach Road

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Thu 25 Aug 2022, 9.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 5.10pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Nov 2022, 10.09am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program will take place between Thursday 25 August 2022 and Friday 31 March 2023 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 8.53am

Closed areas: Bradleys Head toilets closed due to rockfall

The toilet block at Bradleys Head - Booraghee Amphitheatre is closed from Monday 1 August 2022 until further notice due to a rock fall.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Sun 7 Nov 2021, 9.24am

Closed areas: Bluefish Point closed

The Bluefish Point bushland area is closed to public access for public safety and to protect important plant and animal communities. For your safety and to help conserve the landscape, please stay on sign-posted walking tracks when visiting Sydney Harbour National Park.

The Shelly Beach to Bluefish walking track is open.

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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/visit-a-park/parks/malabar-headland-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Eastern section: Often closed because of the ANZAC rifle range operation. Closed every Saturday and every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Check local alerts and safety messages before visiting.

    Western section: Open all year but may close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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