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 Wed, 29 May 2024 09:19:54 +1000
Closed areas: Gardeners Cottage closure
Gardeners Cottage will not be available for bookings until the replacement of the concrete seawall at Shark Beach, Nielsen Park has been completed. For more information on the seawall replacement please visit the project website or call the NPWS Vaucluse office on 02 9337 5511.

Closed areas: Castle Rock pedestrian bridge closed for replacement
The Manly to the Spit walking track will be closed between 91 Cutler Road and 17 Ogilvy Road, Clontarf from Wednesday 29 May to Sunday 30 June 2024 for the replacement of a pedestrian bridge near Castle Rock Beach. An alternate route is available via Cutler Road, Barrabooka Road and Ogilvy Road. Directional signage will be in place to guide pedestrians through the alternate route.

Closed areas: Athol Hall car park closed for upgrades
The Athol Hall car park located at the entrance to Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, will be closed for upgrade works on Tuesday 28 May and Wednesday 29 May 2024.

Other planned events: Road verge maintenance works - North Head Scenic Drive
Works will commence on Monday 13 May 2024 in the loop road section of North Head Scenic Drive, near the Fairfax lookout car park. The work will involve road shoulder stabilisation and drainage.
The work will happen between 7am and 4pm weekdays, and is expected to take 2 weeks to complete.
Traffic control will be in place. There may be minor traffic delays.

Closed areas: Shark Beach, the Kiosk and promenade at Nielsen Park closed
Shark Beach and the beach front at Nielsen Park are closed while the new concrete seawall, bleachers and promenade are under construction. The Kiosk, Halbert Pavilion and former surf club are closed for renovation. For more information on these projects, please visit the project webpage or email or phone the NPWS Sydney South office on 02 9337 5511. 

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 the landscape and important plant and animal communities. Access to rock pools is difficult and dangerous. Please stay on sign-posted walking tracks when visiting Sydney Harbour National Park for your safety and observe warning signs in the area.  

Other planned events: Hornby Light renovation works
Hornby Lighthouse at South Head is currently undergoing restoration and maintenance. Completion is scheduled for September 2024. South Head heritage trail remains open. However, views and access around the Hornby Lighthouse will be temporarily impacted during these works.

Other planned events: 1080 pest management operation
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 Thursday 1 February 2024 and Wednesday 31 July 2024 in the following areas of Sydney Harbour National Park:
Please 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:
Middle Head - 02 9960 6266 (business hours)
NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)
North Head Sanctuary, Manly (Harbour Trust Lands): 02 8969 2128 (business hours).

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed
Fort Denison is currently closed.
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 completed.
Penalties apply for non-compliance.
Standard work hours during the construction phase will be between:
For more information, visit the project webpage or email us. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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:
The following areas, and the bushland surrounding them, are also closed due to steep and unstable ground:
Do not enter the closed areas.
Open areas include:
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.