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Sydney Harbour Islands
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• Cockatoo Island
• Fort Denison
• Garden Island
• Goat Island
• Pinchgut / Fort Denison
• Rodd Island
• Shark Island
• Snapper Island
• Spectacle Island

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Sydney Harbour has eight islands, nine if you include Garden Island. Garden Island like Bennelong Island have been linked to the mainland by land reclamation. The other eight include Cockatoo, Clark, Fort Denison, Goat, Rodd, Shark, Spectacle and Snapper Islands. Six of these eight islands are publicly accessible.

Bookings can be made through Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre (The Rocks) and access can be made via water taxis.

Clark Island

The island has natural bushland, a small flat grassed area, and picnic tables. You will need transport to get to the island.

Open every day from 9 am to 5 pm (May-July), 9 am to 8 pm (during daylight saving), and 9 am to 6 pm (end to daylight saving time to April). All visits must be pre-booked and prepaid 14 days in advance. Access is through licensed operators or private vessels only. Details of operators and bookings can be made through Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre (The Rocks) and access can be made via water taxis. If you visit in a private vessel you may not moor at the island wharves. You must take away your rubbish. The is a landing fee. The island has portable water and toilets, but there are no BBQ facilities. Portable gas BBQ may be used, except during total fire bans.

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Goat Island

Once the nerve-centre of Sydney’s port operations. In colonial days, it was the headquarters for the water police. Tours of the island will take in some of the magnificent convict-built sandstone structures including the Harbour Master’s Residence (circa 1901), the sandstone Queen’s Powder Magazine and Colonial Magazine, which was used to house 3,000 barrels of gunpowder, the neo-Georgian Barracks, and an historical industrial shipyard.

Bookings can be made through Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre (The Rocks) and access can be made via water taxis.

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Rodd Island

Rodd Island covers half a hectare in Iron Cove near Birkenhead Point. On the island there are 3 gazebos, 2 summer houses (built in the 1920s), a colonial-style hall (1889) that can be hired for special events, palm trees, and flat grassy areas. You will need water transport to get to the island.

Open every day from 9 am to 5 pm (May-July), 9 am to 8 pm (during daylight saving), and 9 am to 6 pm (end to daylight saving time to April). All visits must be prebooked and prepaid 14 days in advance. Access is through licensed operators or private vessels only. Details of operators and bookings can be made through Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre (The Rocks) and access can be made via water taxis. If you visit in a private vessel you may not moor at the island wharves. You must take away your rubbish. The is a landing fee. The island has portable water and toilets, but there are no BBQ facilities. Portable gas BBQ may be used, except during total fire bans.

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Shark Island

Offering a perfect spot for a picnic, with a large grassy area and shady trees, together with a gazebo for up to 30 people and five picnic shelters. You will need water transport to get to the island.

Open every day from 9 am to 5 pm (May-July), 9 am to 8 pm (during daylight saving), and 9 am to 6 pm (end to daylight saving time to April). All visits must be prebooked and prepaid 14 days in advance. Access is through licensed operators or private vessels only. Details of operators and bookings can be made through Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre (The Rocks) and access can be made via water taxis. If you visit in a private vessel you may not moor at the island wharves. You must take away your rubbish. The is a landing fee. The island has portable water and toilets, but there are no BBQ facilities. Portable gas BBQ may be used, except during total fire bans.

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Snapper Island

Located at the entrance to Iron Cove and adjacent to the suburb of Drummoyne in Sydney, Snapper Island was originally only a rocky outcrop (being part of a series of drowned knolls along ridges between the flooded river valleys of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers).

It's current size is due to land reclamation during 1931-32 which saw it roughly shaped into an outline of a ship, with longer sides oriented to the northwest and southwest, increasing several times from it's original size.

With two cabbage tree palms (planted in the 1930s) providing a familiar landmark, the island is visible from the foreshores areas of Canada Bay and Leichhardt. For Sydney Harbour Federation Trust images click here.

Source: Harbour Trust: Snapper Island

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Spectacle Island

Spectacle Island is located in the Hawkesbury River near its junction with Mooney Mooney Creek, close to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and is managed by NSW Parks and Wildlife. Located further up river from Lion Island, Spectacle Island Reserve was dedicated in 1972, as important for its natural and cultural values. The nature reserve covers all of the island, an area of about 36 hectares.

Spectacle Island is listed on the Register of the National Estate for its scientific importance as a remnant of the natural environment of Sydney, for the abundance of aboriginal sites it contains, and particularly diverse vegetation.

Source: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Lion Island, Long Island and Spectacle Island Nature Reserve

 
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