Sydney Harbour National Park

One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.

There are alerts raised for Sydney Harbour National Park as at Sat, 01 Oct 2022 14:06:40 +1100
Closed areas: Middle Head Outer Forts closed
The Outer Forts area of Middle Head - Gubbuh Gubbuh is closed on Sunday 2 October 2022 until 1pm, for an event.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Safety alerts: No access to some picnic table and seats in shelters at Shark Island
Access is closed to 3 picnic table and seats in shelters at Shark Island. This is to allow for maintenance works to be carried out to repair these facilities. 
The pavilion, 2 picnic tables with seats and 1 shelter with picnic tables and seats are still available for use. Large lawn areas are still available for recreation.

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed
Fort Denison will be closed until mid 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:
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.

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.

Closed areas: Gardener's cottage closed due to construction
Gardeners Cottage is closed from March 2022 to April 2023 due to seawall construction at Shark Beach. 
For more information, please contact the local office.

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

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:
Open areas include:
Do not enter the closed areas. 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 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.

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 (Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle & 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.

Closed areas: Shark Beach closed during construction of replacement seawall
Replacement of the Nielsen Park seawall commenced on Tuesday 1 March 2022. Shark Beach, the promenade and kiosk are closed, and event and accommodation bookings for Nielsen Park will be suspended during the construction period (approximately 9 months).
From Tuesday 1 March 2022, closed areas:
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the project web page for more information.

Other planned events: North Head Scenic Drive gate opening times
The North Head Scenic Drive gate opening times are:

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.

Other incidents: COVID-19 safety advice
Please plan ahead when visiting this park. Popular precincts may be closed at short notice to ensure visitation levels do not exceed COVID-19 social distancing requirements.
Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.
We encourage you to:

Safety alerts: Protect your picnic - native birds may steal your food
Birds at Nielsen Park are attempting to steal food from visitors' picnics and tables due to unauthorised feeding of local native birds. To try and reduce this unwanted behaviour, NPWS is asking visitors to not actively feed any wildlife and to please bring suitable methods to cover your food. These include storage containers with sealed lids or an umbrella to cover your picnic to reduce food visibility and access.
Please note, it is illegal to feed wildlife in a national park. NPWS officers are monitoring the area and fines apply if visitors are seen actively feeding birds and promoting this unwanted behaviour.