The South Head Master Plan has been developed through extensive site investigations, analysis with community and stakeholder consultation and feedback since mid-2021. The result is a master plan that creates a long-term framework for South Head, Gap Bluff and Green Point precincts of Sydney Harbour National Park (Watsons Bay).
This area receives over half a million visitors each year, and this master plan will guide us to deliver a recreational precinct that celebrates its rich culture, heritage and natural landscape.
Why was the South Head Master Plan prepared?
The South Head Master Plan is a non-statutory document that draws on the outcomes of the Sydney Harbour Plan of Management 2012 and the South Head Conservation Management Plan 2008 to outline a vision to guide how an area may change over time.
The master plan documents the changes we need to make to South Head, Gap Bluff and Green Point precincts to achieve our plan of management outcomes and support visitation for the next 20 years.
The master plan identifies the upgrade of visitor facilities, walking tracks (including the Sydney Harbour Scenic Walk), interpretation, wayfinding, and public safety to enhance the experience for visitors. The master plan considers how we can achieve these upgrades whilst protecting and conserving the precinct's natural, cultural and historic heritage.
The master plan reviewed the buildings across the sites and suggests uses for these buildings that are consistent with the plan of management, permissible under the National Parks Act, suitable for the buildings' intended purpose and condition, and are appropriate for each location.
National Parks and Wildlife Service worked with consultants TKD Architects, Context, and PlanCom Consulting to deliver the master plan.