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Sydney Harbour National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 12 September 2018, 4.25pm

Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jul 2018, 12.34pm.

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison is closed to visitors from Saturday 2 June 2018 until further notice, due to site maintenance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 1 Aug 2018, 11.23am to Thu 31 Jan 2019, 11.23am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Aug 2018, 10.38am.

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate), as buried baits or ejector capsules, are laid continually on tracks and trails in Sydney Harbour National Park (Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North headlands), and will be from Wednesday 1 August 2018 to Thursday 31 January 2019. Do not touch baits or ejector devices - they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats, and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Sydney North (Middle Head) area office on (02) 9960 6266.

Applies from Thu 15 Mar 2018, 1.43pm to Mon 12 Nov 2018, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 2 May 2018, 11.41am.

Closed areas: Clark Island closed

Clark Island will be closed from Tuesday 30 October to Tuesday 6 November 2018 due to a public event. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.20pm to Sat 15 Dec 2018, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 5.14pm.

Closed areas: Rodd Island closure

Rodd Island is closed to the general public on Friday 14 December 2018 from 8am to 8pm. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 3 Mar 2017, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Jul 2017, 2.18pm.

Closed areas: Fairfax lookout partial closure

Parts of the western, southern and eastern lookouts along Fairfax walking track have been closed due to cliff instability. The temporary closure is for the safety of the public, and fencing and signage have been installed advising of the closures. These closures will remain in place until works are undertaken to make the area safe. Fairfax walking track and carparks are open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Sydney Harbour area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 23 Aug 2016, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jul 2018, 11.21am.

Closed areas: Collins Flat closed

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 2019. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Mosman area office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 12 Sep 2018, 12.38pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Sep 2018, 4.25pm.

Other incidents: Nielsen Park shark nets

The shark net at Nielsen Park will be re-instated from Monday 24 September 2018 and works will be weather permitting. For more information please contact NPWS Vaucluse office on 02 9337 5511.

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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
25 October 2018 Closed areas Middle Head and North Head closures Details

Applies from Thu 25 Oct 2018, 7.00pm to Fri 26 Oct 2018, 5.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Oct 2018, 4.42pm

Middle Head will be closed from 7pm and North Head will be closed from 10pm on Thursday 25 October 2018, for overnight pest control operations.

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1 December 2018 Other planned events Bradleys Head closed to traffic Details

Applies from Sat 1 Dec 2018, 9.00am to Wed 12 Dec 2018, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Sep 2018, 2.23pm

Bradleys Head will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8am on Tuesday 11 December 2018 until 11am on Wednesday 12 December 2018, due to a special event. Walkers are welcome to access the area during this time.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 6 Oct 2018, 8.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Oct 2018, 12.27pm

Closed areas: Gibbergaong track closed due to rock fall

Gibberagong track is closed due to a rock fall which poses a significant safety threat to walkers. The area between the mangrove walk, the rainforest walk in Bobbin Head and Gibberagong fire trial in Wahroonga is closed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lane Cove area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 12 Sep 2018, 10.18am. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Sep 2018, 12.28pm

Closed areas: Walking tracks upgrade

Access to walking tracks between Cape Banks and Henry Head will be affected from September 2018 to January 2019 due to track upgrades.

  • Cape Banks walking track is open, but there is no access to Henry Head. Expect some delays due to construction.
  • The track from Cape Banks to Henry Head is closed.
  • Henry Head walking track is open to Cruwee Beach. The track is closed from Cruwee Beach to Cape Banks.

NSW National Parks apologises for any inconvenience this might cause. For more information please phone the NPWS Nielsen Park office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Sun 12 Aug 2018, 9.30am. Last reviewed: Sat 11 Aug 2018, 11.08am

Hazard reduction burns: Pogson HR

There is a fire in this park called Pogson HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jul 2018, 12.34pm

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison is closed to visitors from Saturday 2 June 2018 until further notice, due to site maintenance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 1 Aug 2018, 11.23am to Thu 31 Jan 2019, 11.23am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Aug 2018, 10.38am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate), as buried baits or ejector capsules, are laid continually on tracks and trails in Sydney Harbour National Park (Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North headlands), and will be from Wednesday 1 August 2018 to Thursday 31 January 2019. Do not touch baits or ejector devices - they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats, and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Sydney North (Middle Head) area office on (02) 9960 6266.

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Applies from Wed 1 Aug 2018, 11.19am to Tue 1 Jan 2019, 11.19am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Aug 2018, 10.38am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate), as buried baits or ejector capsules, are laid continually on tracks and trails in Lane Cove National Park, and will be from Wednesday 1 August 2018 to Thursday 31 January 2019. Do not touch baits or ejector devices - they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats, and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Sydney West (Lane Cove National Park) area office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 1 Aug 2018, 11.15am to Thu 31 Jan 2019, 11.16am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Aug 2018, 10.38am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate), as buried baits or ejector capsules, are laid continually on tracks and trails in Garigal National Park, and will be from Wednesday 1 August 2018 to Thursday 31 January 2019. Do not touch baits or ejector devices - they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats, and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Sydney North (Forestville) area office on (02) 9451 3479.

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Applies from Wed 1 Aug 2018, 11.08am to Thu 31 Jan 2019, 11.08am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Aug 2018, 10.38am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate), as buried baits or ejector capsules, are laid continually on tracks and trails in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, and will be from Wednesday 1 August 2018 to Thursday 31 January 2019. Do not touch baits or ejector devices - they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats, and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Sydney North (Forestville) area office on (02) 9451 3479.

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Applies from Tue 20 Mar 2018, 3.10pm to Thu 4 Apr 2019, 10.24am. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jul 2018, 8.55am

Safety alerts: Restricted access on Quarry trail and Benowie walking track

Access restrictions and track closures are in place along trails that cross land managed by Hornsby Rifle Range as a Range Danger Area. The Hornsby Rifle Range Danger Area is closed to the public. 

These closures include:

  • An 800m section of Quarry fire trail, between Quarry Road, Dural and Tunks Ridge campground
  • An 800m section of Quarry fire trail, 300m in from the Stewart Avenue entrance at Hornsby
  • The section of track between Steele Bridge and Fishponds waterhole. Please use the Great North Walk detour through Hornsby Heights or access to Quarry Road, Dural is via Pogsons Link walking track.

For further information on closures please contact Hornsby Rifle Range on their 24-hour contact number 0417 201 606 or visit the Hornsby Rifle Range website for further information.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jun 2018, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jul 2018, 8.54am

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Bewrowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels. 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 Thu 15 Mar 2018, 1.43pm to Mon 12 Nov 2018, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 2 May 2018, 11.41am

Closed areas: Clark Island closed

Clark Island will be closed from Tuesday 30 October to Tuesday 6 November 2018 due to a public event. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 16 Apr 2018, 11.49am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 May 2018, 1.51pm

Closed areas: Closure of unathorised track near Ryland trail

NPWS will be closing and rehabilitating a section of an unauthorised track near Par 3 golf course in Terrey Hills. The track runs through an important Saving Our Species site, adjacent to Ryland trail in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

The unauthorised track runs through very important habitat for the critically endangered greville caylei and Duffys Forest Endangered Ecological Community. As such, NPWS will be working to protect these and other species and asks the public to please avoid using the area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call (02) 9451 3479 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.20pm to Sat 15 Dec 2018, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 5.14pm

Closed areas: Rodd Island closure

Rodd Island is closed to the general public on Friday 14 December 2018 from 8am to 8pm. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 4.16pm to Fri 7 Dec 2018, 4.13pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Sep 2018, 2.17pm

Closed areas: Rodd Island closure

Rodd Island is closed to the general public on Thursday 6 December 2018. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 12 Jun 2017, 11.28am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Oct 2018, 2.55pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland Rifle Range operation schedule

1. For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice. 

2. 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.

3. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday 
  • Every 1st Sunday of the month
  • Every 3rd Sunday of the month

These closures apply to the eastern section of the park only, including Boora Point walking track.

They do not apply to the western section of the park, including Western Escarpment walking track.

The range operation schedule is provided by the NSW Rifle Association (the range authority).

4. Contacts

To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, call (02) 9661 4532.

To contact the NPWS area office, email the Environment line or call (02) 9337 5511.

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Applies from Fri 3 Mar 2017, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Jul 2017, 2.18pm

Closed areas: Fairfax lookout partial closure

Parts of the western, southern and eastern lookouts along Fairfax walking track have been closed due to cliff instability. The temporary closure is for the safety of the public, and fencing and signage have been installed advising of the closures. These closures will remain in place until works are undertaken to make the area safe. Fairfax walking track and carparks are open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Sydney Harbour area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 23 Aug 2016, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jul 2018, 11.21am

Closed areas: Collins Flat closed

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 2019. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Mosman area office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2015, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Oct 2016, 2.00pm

Closed areas: Casuarina Track closed between Boree Road and Davidson picnic area

Casuarina track between Boree Road and Davidson picnic area, Forestville is closed due to safety concerns regarding the stairway down to the picnic area. 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 contact 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 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 Wed 12 Sep 2018, 12.38pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Sep 2018, 4.25pm

Other incidents: Nielsen Park shark nets

The shark net at Nielsen Park will be re-instated from Monday 24 September 2018 and works will be weather permitting. For more information please contact NPWS Vaucluse office on 02 9337 5511.

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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/sydney-harbour-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • 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. Fort Denison can only be visited on a tour. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands Island, all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

    Buy an annual pass.
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Emergency services

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Hornby lighthouse and South Head. Photo: David Finnegan