Sydney Harbour National Park Plan of Management

This plan of management describes how the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will conserve the natural and cultural heritage of the park while providing unique and enriching experiences for visitors to Sydney Harbour. The park is one of the smaller national parks in New South Wales. At just under 400 hectares it sits within a protected areas system totalling around 7 million hectares of land.

1 December 2012
Office of Environment and Heritage
Publication, Plan of management, Final
  • ISBN 978-1-74293-815-8
  • ID OEH20120757
  • File PDF 8.4MB
  • Pages 301
  • Name sydney-harbour-national-park-plan-of-management-120757.pdf

Though small, this national park contains an extraordinary diversity of natural and cultural heritage, as well as some of Sydney’s most valued sites for outdoor recreation, special events and celebrations.

The park is distinguished by the number and significance of historic sites around the harbour, including the fortifications at Fort Denison, the North Head Quarantine Station, the recreational parklands of Nielsen Park and Shark Island and the mast of the first HMAS Sydney at Bradleys Head.

A remarkable variety of natural heritage persists and even thrives within the park. The Nielsen Park she-oak is wholly restricted to the park, while the endangered long-nosed bandicoot and little penguin of North Head are two of our most treasured and intensively managed wildlife populations.

The protection of the park and its natural and cultural heritage is dependent upon the support and understanding of the community as well as the work of NPWS. Volunteers play a critical role in the current and future management of the park.

Other park planning documents

Middle Head and Georges Head Masterplan: Public Exhibition Draft (2016)

Review of Environmental Factors: Gap Bluff Alterations and Additions to Existing Buildings (2015)

North Head Quarantine Station management plans (2005–2006)

North Head Quarantine Station Conservation and Adaptive Reuse Project Environmental Audit (2011)

Draft amendment to the Sydney Harbour National Park Plan of Management (2020)