Sydney Harbour National Park

Accommodation

Enjoy the natural ambience of Sydney Harbour National Park with a stay in one of the park's tranquil and historic harbourside accommodations.

Constables Cottage

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

Constables Cottage in Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Soak up the history of Watson’s Bay from the comfort of Constables Cottage. Located just metres from the water at famous Camp Cove and at the entrance to Sydney Harbour National Park’s South Head, you’ll wake each morning to spectacular views.

The site of this fully self-contained cottage has an interesting colonial history – in the 1800’s a water police station sat here. Today it makes an excellent base for exploring the natural, historic and tourist attractions of Sydney.

Walk up to Gap Bluff or take the South Head Heritage trail to explore military fortifications, go fishing or view the Aboriginal rock shelter at Camp Cove Beach.

Although self-catered, Constables Cottage is close to a range of dining options, including Sydney icon Doyles, the Watsons Bay Hotel and the Bondi strip.

Activities: walking, swimming

Location:  shown on South Head map

Getting there: Constables Cottage is in the South Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

  • Drive along New South Head Road past Vaucluse to the end
  • Turn right into Robertson Road, then left into Military Road, which becomes Cliff Road.
  • Turn left into Short Street then right into Cove Street and right into Victoria Street
  • Continue to the end and turn left down the drive way to Constable Cottage.

Alternatively, the Eastern Suburbs Ferry from Circular Quay, as well as buses 324, 325 and 380, stop a short walk from Camp Cove. Check out the Transport Info website for more information.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Contact: Gap Bluff Centre, Phone: 02 9337 2333

View from Constables Cottage in Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)View to the city from Watsons Bay wharf, Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Dining room in Constables Cottage, Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Watsons Bay, Sydney Harbour National ParkBedroom in Constables Cottage, Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)


Events, activities and alerts at this location
Closure

Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking.

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.

Ends Tuesday 30 December, 11:50PM

Green Point Cottage

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

Green Point Cottage in Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Sitting on the southern side of Camp Cove at Sydney’s Watsons Bay, Green Point Cottage offers unique heritage accommodation in the heart of Sydney Harbour National Park. The self-contained cottage sleeps up to six people and is only 30m from the beach.

There is a lot to keep you busy during your holiday; if you’re looking for something active, take the short stroll to Camp Cove Beach for a swim or paddle, head out on the South Head Heritage trail to Hornby Lighthouse for sublime views of the harbour city, or take a guided tour with us or one of our partners. The cottage’s garden is a great option for relaxing with a good book or just soaking up city skyline views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Further afield there’s lots more to explore; head to nearby Nielsen Park for a picnic or lunch at the Nielsen Park Cafe or enjoy some fish and chips at Watsons Bay, catch a ferry from Watsons Bay to the city and then onto Taronga Zoo, or visit the historic Quarantine Station and Manly Beach.

Activities: walking, road cycling, paddling, sailing and boating, nude bathing, snorkelling, swimming, fishing, whale watching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Location:  shown on South Head map

Getting there: Green Point Cottage is in Watsons Bay. Further information will be provided at time of booking.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Contact: Gap Bluff Centre, Phone: 02 9337 2333

Dining on the deck at Green Point Cottage in Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)View from Green Point Cottage, Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Dining on the deck at Green Point Cottage in Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)View to Sydney Harbour Bridge from Green Point Cottage in Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Kitchen in Green Point Cottage, Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)


Events, activities and alerts at this location
Closure

Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking.

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.

Ends Tuesday 30 December, 11:50PM

Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat) (79 bedrooms, up to 158 people)

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area. Wheelchair access may not be available on some Q Station tours.

Quarantine Station, Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Q Station)A visit to Q Station Retreat – formerly North Head Quarantine Station – is a great experience for all ages.

As well as the rich natural history of Sydney Harbour National Park, Q Station Retreat offers beautifully restored heritage accommodation, fine dining at the Boilerhouse Restaurant and a range of experiences to suit young and old. All this combines to make Q Station a wonderful place to stay, relax and enjoy the best of what Sydney has to offer. Home to one of Sydney's premiere conference and wedding venues, Q Station Retreat is the ideal Sydney Harbour escape.

In line with its historical significance – it was established in 1832 to quarantine early immigrants afflicted by disease – the station is said to be one of Australia’s most haunted places. Who’s that knocking at your door?

Take the fun ghost tour, swim or snorkel nearby or walk or kayak to Manly, just minutes away, for entertainment, nightlife and iconic Manly Beach.

Activities: walking, paddling, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving, sea kayaking

Cultural heritage: Sydney's immigrants, who started arriving in the colony from 1788 onwards, often brought communicable diseases such as smallpox with them. In 1828 Spring Cove, on the western side of North Head, was used to quarantine new arrivals. A permanent quarantine facility was set up in the 1830s, and it continued to operate until 1972. Vietnamese refugees were housed there in 1975 and Cyclone Tracy victims in 1976. It was finally closed in 1984. Today, it gives us a fascinating insight into the distances and hazards faced by immigrants - and the different social and racial attitudes they faced when they arrived here.

Location:  shown on North Head map

Getting there: Q Station is located at North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW. The site is five minutes' drive from Manly and 30 minutes' drive from the city.

For detailed instructions, please visit the Q Station website.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Facilities: cafe/kiosk, private accommodation

Accommodation fees: Available on the Q Station website.

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Bookings are essential for accommodation, dining and tours – phone (02) 9466 1500 or visit the Q Station website

Q Station retreat, Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Q Station)Accommodation at the Quarantine Station (Image: Q Station)

Steele Point Cottage

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

Wheelchair access: hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

Steel Point Cottage in Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: DECC)Perched on the edge of a sandstone cliff in Sydney Harbour National Park’s Nielsen Park, Steele Point Cottage offers superb holiday accommodation in a bushland environment.

Built in the 1880s as a gunner’s barracks to protect Sydney Harbour, the cottage has been restored to offer secluded heritage accommodation in the heart of Sydney. It’s the perfect place for romantic escapes and weekend getaways; boasting outstanding harbour views of Sydney’s cityscape and landscape that will take your breath away.

Aside from being close to Nielsen Park, including the beach, walking tracks and the Nielsen Bay Café, the cottage isn’t far from iconic Bondi Beach or Watsons Bay. The city, including Sydney landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are easily accessible from the cottage.

Activities: walking, road cycling, paddling, sailing and boating, snorkelling, nude bathing, swimming, fishing, whale watching, picnicking, playing and socialising, paddling

Location:  shown on Nielsen Park map

Getting there: Steele Point Cottage is in the Nielsen Park precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

  • Take New South Head Road away from the city
  • Turn left into Vaucluse Road
  • Further information will be provided at the time of booking.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Contact: Gap Bluff Centre, Phone: 02 9337 2333

Steele Point Cottage in Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Steele Point Cottage in Sydney Harbour National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)


Events, activities and alerts at this location
Closure

Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking.

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.

Ends Tuesday 30 December, 11:50PM