Did you know you can visit some of the Sydney Harbor Islands?

Sydney Harbor is a breathtaking harbor. Islands are dotted around the harbor making for a great day trip and even the chance to stay overnight. To get to the islands, you must either take a ferry or a water taxi.

If you’re looking for a great day out in Sydney, whether you’re a local or a visitor to the city, a trip to one (or more) of the Sydney Harbor Islands is a great choice.

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These are some of the Sydney Harbor Islands for you to explore

Shark Island

This Sydney Harbor Island is located on the Rose Bay estuary in the eastern part of the harbor. Until 1975 it was used as an animal quarantine station and marine camp. It is surrounded by shallow water. It has picnic shelters, a gazebo, and a wading beach.

The ferry leaves Circular Quay four times a day on Saturdays and Sundays. It is recommended that you reserve a spot in advance as the island can only accommodate 500 people at a time. Alternatively Sydney hop-on hop-off harbor cruise includes a stop on Shark Island!

Clark Island

This island lies off the tip of Darling Point in the eastern suburbs, is named after Lieutenant Ralph Clark, a First Fleet Marine who tried to maintain a vegetable garden on the island. The crops were stolen repeatedly and he gave up on the idea. The island overlooks the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House.

The island offers natural bush, with paths leading to quiet areas for picnics. The number of visitors is limited to 150 each, so bookends are essential. Contact the Sydney Harbor Visitor Center Information on transportation and booking can be found below.

Fort Denison

This small island near the Opera House, Harbor Bridge and Circular Quay can be seen from Mrs Macquaries Chair. In the early days of Sydney it was was used as a place of punishment for the convicts. A fortress was later built on the island to protect Sydney Harbor.

Fort Denison is open seven days a week for lunch in the café and picnics with a tour group. There are two tours daily to Fort Denison. Tours can be booked through Sydney Harbor National Park Information Center, located in The Rocks.

Kakadu Island

Cockatoo Island is the largest island in the harbor and is the only one you can Book accommodation on. It has a rich history, from a convict prison to an industrial school for girls to a large shipyard. Many of the original buildings and shipyards are still intact and visitors can wander through them.

Tents can be rented or you can bring your own. When you rent a tent, sleeping mats and chairs are included. Staying on the island makes for a truly unique experience.

The island is served by a regular ferry.

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