South Head master plan

To create a revitalised vision for visitor experience and interpretation of this unique national park.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is preparing a master plan for the South Head, Gap Bluff and Green Point precincts of Sydney Harbour National Park (Watsons Bay).

South Head is a rich cultural landscape that forms an essential part of the story of Sydney. A story that encompasses Aboriginal culture and place; a story that encompasses the ideas of journey and arrival for Europeans; and a story of protection and defence.

The master plan will guide enhancement and operation across the site, focusing on identifying uses for existing buildings, upgrade of visitor facilities, walking tracks, interpretation, wayfinding and public safety. All with the view to enhance visitor experience and the natural, cultural and historic heritage of these unique national park precincts.

Have your say

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is preparing a master plan for the South Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park (Watsons Bay).

We are interested in your views on the current and future operation of the South Head precinct, which includes South Head, parts of Camp Cove and Green Point and the Gap Bluff precinct.

Have your say now to help us develop these concept plans.

Go to survey

The project team is running 2 online workshops. Participant numbers will be capped to provide for smaller groups and ample opportunity for participants to give their views, so please register early.

Book workshop session 1 – Monday 11 October 2021 from 5pm to 7pm

Book workshop session 2 – Saturday 16 October 2021 from 10am to 12pm

Map showing the location and extent of the master plan (in red outline).

We will commence initial investigations and analysis as well community and stakeholder consultation from mid-2021. A draft master plan exhibition is scheduled for late 2021 to early 2022, with the final master plan completed by mid-2022.

The master plan will create a revitalised vision for visitor experience and interpretation of the site that draws on the historic, cultural and natural values of this unique national park. The master plan will be underpinned by the guiding principles identified in the Sydney Harbour National Park Plan of Management (2012), which include:

  • conserve the natural values of the park
  • celebrate and nurture contemporary and traditional Aboriginal culture
  • celebrate historic heritage values of the park
  • provide enriching and memorable experiences in the park
  • improve access to the park for all
  • strengthen and create partnerships
  • robust management of the park is sustained
  • contribute to the goal of easy and safe transport to and within the park.

Community engagement will occur at key stages of the project. This includes an initial online survey and workshops to capture the views and ideas of visitors and stakeholders. Formal feedback will be sought during the exhibition of the draft master plan.

A Stakeholder Reference Group, representing the interests of a broad range of stakeholder groups, organisations and land managers, has also been established to act as a key consultative body for the project.

Information and updates

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