Nestled on the picturesque peninsula that hugs the entrance to Sydney Harbour,  South Head National Park is a unique piece of Australian heritage enjoyed by locals and visitors alike for its historical significance and idyllic beauty. 

Described as one of the few places left where we can still imagine what this land was like before Europeans came, evidence of fishing and shellfish collecting by the Gadigal people has been found in the area's rock shelters - dating back to around 8th Century AD.

 Indigenous Tour group Kadoo in bushland 

Indigenous Tour group Kadoo in bushland 

But in a move that is becoming all too familiar in those living in Sydney, a new development proposal plans to commercialise the area - privatising public land, commercialising heritage listed buildings and shattering the peace of the protected national park surrounds. 

 

Who is behind #SaveSouthHead

National Park users were horrified when Dockside Group's proposal for Gap Bluff was put forward by National Parks and Wildlife Service in 2015 and a group to SaveSouthHead was formed.  Spearheaded by concerned locals from the Watsons Bay Association, the group was soon joined by more 12,000 people who signed the petition to stop the development, prompting a debate in NSW Parliament.

SaveSouthHead has since welcomed other local groups from across Sydney and Australia which are trying to halt inappropriate development in National Parks.

The campaign was ramped up again when a "revised" proposal was lodged in August 2018 and only a month given for comments. 

QUICK FACTS

South Head National Park is located in Eastern Sydney, stretching from The Gap park through Camp Cove beach and out to Hornby Lighthouser.

Publicly accessible unspoilt views across the Harbour, to the city, Mosman, North Head, and looking East across the ocean towards Bondi are unique hallmarks of this area 

NATURE

Includes the pristine National Park at the Gap which pioneer environmentalist and botanist Thistle Stead fought to protect. 

A popular spot with divers in search of the Leafy Seadragon - a marine fish unique to Australia's southern waters.

Home to the Fairy Wren and Channel-Billed Cuckoo.

HISTORY

Evidence of Aboriginal activity in the area dating back as far as 8th Century AD.

The site of Camp Cove, where Arthur Phillip and European settlers first set foot in Sydney Harbour - 1788.

The area includes multiple heritage listed buildings and sites which are earmarked for extension and commercial development under the current proposal.

Have Your Say

Help #SaveSouthHead and preserve this precious space for future generations to enjoy by objecting before September 6 2018

Dressed up in fuzzy language about existing uses and consistency with the Plan of Management for the Park, it is still not at all clear that the commercial activities envisaged by GBH – weddings, conferences, social events, short term accommodation for clients etc. – have any perceptible connexion with the purposes (nature, culture, heritage) for which the National Park lands are reserved.


While they scale back some of the more objectionable traffic and noise features of the original scheme, the changes do not bring the essential nature of the residual enterprise any closer to underlying National Park objectives.
— Hylda Rolfe, Pearls and Irritations blog