North Head Scenic Area upgrade

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is improving visitor access at North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park.

North Head, in Sydney Harbour National Park, is a diverse site with significant cultural and environmental significance receiving over 500,000 local, domestic and international visitors each year. North Head is listed on the National Heritage List.

The North Head Scenic Area contains two of Sydney's iconic scenic lookouts, with views across Sydney Harbour spanning 180 degrees from the Pacific Ocean to the CBD.

The NSW Government has allocated funding through the Improving Access to National Parks Program to improve visitor access and visitor facilities.

What's happening at the North Head Scenic Area?

Consultation over the past 18 months with stakeholders, including the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, identified several improvements to improve the visitor experience at North Head. These include:

  • better visitor access and connectivity between the Lady Fairfax Lookouts, North Head Scenic Area and the School of Artillery site
  • improved passive recreational space and connecting pathways at the North Head Scenic Area
  • improved interpretation and signage.

During 2020, National Parks and Wildlife Service will be undertaking site investigation and analysis, detailed design development and approvals. The designs will be available for viewing on the Department's website. Construction is scheduled to take place from mid-2021 for approximately 2 years.

We will keep stakeholders and visitors informed of this project as it develops. Updates will be available on this project webpage.

National Parks and Wildlife Service will carry out rigorous environmental assessment of the proposed works with input from relevant specialists, in accordance with NSW planning legislation. These proposed works align with the outcomes for North Head outlined in the Sydney Harbour National Park Plan of Management (2012).

We aim to provide enriching and memorable experiences in the park, improve access to the park for all and contribute to the goal of easy and safe transport to and within the park.

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