2 Shiprock Rd, Port hacking


  • Walking trail

Shiprock Reserve was upgraded in April 2012. An elevated stairway provides safe access between Shiprock Road at Port Hacking and the waterfront where scuba diving is popular. The name Shiprock comes from a prominent ship-like rock which forms the headland between Burraneer and Dolans Bay.

Shiprock Aquatic Reserve

The two-hectare site was declared an aquatic reserve to protect marine plants and animals. More information, including a map of the reserve, can be found on the Department of Primary Industries website.  Code of Conduct signage at the site provides information on the prohibited activities within the aquatic reserve.

Sinclair Family Walkway

The 'Sinclair Family Walkway' is dedicated to the late Henry 'Harry' Sinclair (1912-1994) and Jeannie Louise 'Louie' Sinclair (1906-2003). Harry and Louie immigrated from Scotland in 1921 and 1930 respectively and fell in love with the coastal beauty of the Hacking River, residing at No. 4 Shiprock Road for more than 40 years. In 2007, the Sinclair Family made the exceptionally generous bequest of the waterfront portion of their property and a sum of money to assist with the construction of the staircase. This wonderful gift has allowed for the extension of the reserve for all to enjoy.


Check regulatory signage at the reserve to confirm the activities that are permitted and prohibited. Opening hours are Sunrise - 9.30pm.

Sandstone wall and interpretive signs
Reserve entrance and staircase
Steep walkway through reserve
View of water from reserve
View of rocks and bay
Rock platform and bay view