Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney Harbour National Park
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This historical park consists of five small harbor islands, rugged sandstone cliffs, bushland and beaches. Visitors can fish, boat, sunbathe, swim and explore historic sites, including Fort Denison, Goat Island and the Quarantine Station.
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MosesPH
1,557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Bradley's Head Mosman is located within the Sydney Harbour National Park. It is a fabulous lookout and a coveted spot to watch the New Year's eve fireworks in Sydney.
It's a great picnic area and the Bradley's Head Amphitheatre is a popular wedding location and photography spot. This space can be hired for private functions. There is a memorial here by the Royal Australian Navy here and you can set off on a beautiful bushwalk from here. Parking on site available.
Written August 6, 2022
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia5,791 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
While staying in Sydney we covered a lot of ground on the ferries and walking tracks.
So many great bays and beaches all with their own character and amazing views.
We found the walk from Shelly Beach up into the bush above a favourite one .
Some great views and up the top we found some old military gun placements.
There were some lovely wild flowers to see as well.
Sydney harbour is a great place to take a ferry then get off and do some walks.
Written May 18, 2024
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peter m
Sydney, Australia74 contributions
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When the settlement of Sydney was young, there was a fear that "an enemy" might come along and attack the town. In the end, people realised that the guns were of little use against aircraft, that invasion was unlikely, and so the guns were taken down. The departure of the military coincided with the high period of National Park-ism, so that property developers were prevented from getting their paws on the land. Instead, it became communal property, Sydney Harbour National Park, in fact, with a few other bits thrown in as well, like the Quarantine Station.

You can get more background in my own absolutely non-commercial web site through http://members.ozemail.com.au/~macinnis/syd/natparks.htm#shnp, and you can find more links there to some of the best choices. I live a stone's throw from the Dobroyd Head section of the park, and I have been walking all over it for 55 years. The key to understanding this park is that it is an amazing collection of scraps of land, all around the harbour, and slowly being joined up by walks. The Spit-Manly walk is a bit over-usewd at the moment, but as more walks are added, so you will have more places to go, and the crowds will thin out.

The best places to start are at the Spit (catch a bus from Wynyard) or Manly (catch a ferry from Circular Quay) or near Bradley's Head (catch a ferry to Taronga Zoo). Try walking the foreshores, or get to the end of North Head (catch a 135 bus at Manly Wharf)

The Park is by no means a commercial site, so you will need to take food and water with you. The walks are well signed: read the information first.

The bush may seem a bit straggly if you are from overseas: it varies from heath to dry sclerophyll. Understand that you are walking the whole time on Triassic sandstone that is 200 million years old, and the sandy soil contains very little in the way of nutrients. You will find flowers of some sort, all the year around. You won't see many animals here, though you will walk closer to penguins than you realise, and pelicans may soar overhead. The rare snake should be left alone, and you will see a few lizards if you keep your eyes open.

In swampy places, look out on the uphill side of the track for the red colour of sundews. small sticky insect-eating plants.

The tracks are generally suitable for ages 5 to 75, and some portions are even wheelchair-friendly, like the circular walk with spectacular views on North Head.

I love this park, and always have, so if you are looking for bad things about it, you won't hear them. Go see for yourself, and I think you will agree with me.
Written May 8, 2006
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We walked around, mostly on the cliffs, but also in other areas as well. This is one of the most spectacular parts of Sydney. The views are absolutely breathtaking. The walk can be a bit challenging if you are not physically fit, but you can take it easy and you should find it quite rewarding.
Written December 9, 2019
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SteveSupertramp
Edinburgh, UK60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
So much to discover, with ferries going everywhere and anywhere. You might see some sharks swimming about
Written April 23, 2014
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Ross C
Sydney447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The walk from Taronga Zoo wharf to Balmoral beach through the Sydney harbour National Park is one of the most picturesque walks in Sydney. It is a must do for any visitor as it gives you magnificent views of Sydney Harbour.
Written July 29, 2019
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Victoria
Sydney, Australia186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Watson's Bay then approx. 10 min walk to Camp Cove! Scenic but relatively easy walk! The track is a loop so you begin at Camp Cove and make your way to Hornby Light house and back.
Written September 7, 2015
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bjk447
Sydney, Australia43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to get a food feel of Syney Harbour and its souroundings this is the place to go. On a sunny day it could not get any better.
Written May 31, 2013
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Lewis S
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
When planning our trip to Sydney we spoke about where we would visit, on mentioning Bondi beach, an Aussie colleague advised us to give it a miss and visit Manly instead. Boy, was he right! We discovered a beautiful little suburb with superb beaches and the Sydney Harbour National Park. We started our walk at Manly Surf Beach and contiued the walk in a clockwise direction along the Esplanade,(Watch out for breaking waves), and across the busy Shelly beach. We then followed the path around the point and onward to the National Park. There are plenty of view points, without resorting to climbing onto the unguarded cliffs,as some did, allowing for some great photo opportunities. We had plenty of sightings of the Australian Water Dragons, as well as many birds too. The full walk is long and you really need to allow a full day to cover the whole walk. The North Fort is also worth a visit. Returning to Manly wharf, there are plenty of good bars, to refresh yourself with a cold beer after your days exertions. We chose the Manly Wharf Hotel, as it allowed us to sit and watch the activity in the bay. Certainly from comments we have had from fellow travellers who visited Bondi, We made the right choice. But Remember, allow a full day if you are planning the walk, and catch an early ferry. Also, from the Ferry, you see everything you would on one of the Harbour Cruises and it is far cheaper too.
Written February 12, 2013
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Sydney is a sprawling metropolis of nearly 5 million people and covers more than 12,000 square kilometers. As you can imagine, space is at a premium.

But Sydney is lucky in that around much of its famous Sydney Harbour there are virtually virgin swathes of green - with much the same flora and fauna as was there when the first European settlers sailed into it in 1788.

This is prime real estate, and hungry real estate developers would love to get their hands on it.

But fortunately it has been preserved as the Sydney Harbour National Park, due in part to an accident of history.

In the early days of the colony of New South Wales, naval and army installations were built at strategic points right around the harbour, including at the vital North and South Heads, the giant portal cliffs that form the entrance to Sydney Harbour from the Pacific Ocean. They were built as defence against possible invasion of the new colony, particularly the Russians, with which Mother England was at war at the time.

Because of the navy and army occupancy, these areas were never given over to the spreading urban development, and today form the Sydney Harbour National Park, one of the treasures of this modern metropolis.

In many areas of the park you will still find old gun emplacements, dugouts, and concrete observation points carved into the cliff faces.

There are many walks that you can do through parts of the Sydney Harbour National Park and you should "Google" to find more information.
Written August 16, 2016
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