Sydney Harbour National Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Sydney Harbour National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:
NSW National Parks Visitor Infrastructure Program
Sydney Harbour scenic walk project
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking a range of projects to enhance visitor facilities and create new, iconic visitor experiences in our national parks, including Sydney Harbour National Park. These projects aim to increase nature-based tourism in NSW, to boost regional visitor economies and improve community wellbeing.
Neilsen Park seawall rebuild project
NPWS is replacing the concrete seawall at Nielsen Park, in the Vaucluse area of Sydney Harbour National Park, to enhance visitor access and safety.
Sydney Harbour Park is home to endangered plant and animal populations, and protecting these is key to upholding the park’s biodiversity. Population monitoring, management and other conservation activities are ongoing in this park. NPWS collaborates with volunteers and other groups and agencies to ensure its native species are properly preserved. Protecting and revitalising such populations is an ongoing goal.
From mountain rainforests and coastal dunes, to bird-filled wetlands and eucalyptus forests, important bush regeneration work is being carried out across NSW.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a significant impact on the ecosystems within Sydney Harbour National Park. NPWS carries out risk assessments for new and emerging weeds as well as fox control to protect biodiversity in this park.
Since the fox was introduced to Australia in the 1870s, its impact on the environment has been negative. Foxes have contributed to the decline and extinction of a large range of native Australian animals.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
The upkeep of Sydney Harbour National Park’s visitor facilities is an NPWS priority. Programs relating to the management and enhancement of the park’s walking tracks, trails, picnic spots, lookouts and other offerings are ongoing. Car parking processes and facilities are frequently reviewed, and park amenities and infrastructure receive regular maintenance.
Ongoing volunteer work is an essential part of NSW National Parks’ work, but sometimes an extra push is needed. We call these ‘one-off’ or ‘major’ events. These single-day or short-term volunteer activities need a large number of volunteers to turn up at around the same time in the same place for things like: visitor service, bush regeneration, historic heritage, or threatened species management.
Conserving our Aboriginal culture
Aboriginal culture is of great value to NPWS, and the condition of Aboriginal sites is reviewed and upgraded as required in Sydney Harbour National Park. NPWS works to ensure visitors are well informed about the history and importance of such assets, and maintenance programs are ongoing throughout the park.
Connecting to Culture Sydney is an Aboriginal educational program. It immerses urban Aboriginal youth into Aboriginal culture within NSW national parks close to Sydney. Participants take part in camping trips, ongoing fieldwork on Country, recording and preserving Aboriginal sites, and discovering Australian native plants and traditional practices.
NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.
Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.
- 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.
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
Nielsen Park office
02 9337 5511
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, 6 Steele Point Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030
- Nielsen Park office
Middle Head office
02 9960 6266
Contact hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4pm.
- 2 Governors Road, Mosman NSW 2088
- Middle Head office
If you’re available for volunteer work on a Tuesday morning, why not join the Nielsen Park bush regeneration group? The group meets weekly to remove weeds and regenerate Australian native plants at Nielsen Park, Vaucluse, in Sydney Harbour National Park.
Donate to NSW National Parks
Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.