Island hopping on Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour Islands – Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo – are among some of Sydney's most popular natural attractions. Catch one of the regular ferry services from Circular Quay during summer and take in the sparkling scenery.
The largest of the harbour islands, Cockatoo Island, offers guided tours, activities and overnight camping. This island has been home to convicts, a reformatory school, and one of Australia's biggest shipyards.
Book a tour on Goat Island to learn about Sydney's colonial and Aboriginal history or book a night tour to learn more about its colourful past.
Book lunch in the middle of the harbour at the restaurant on Fort Denison, which combines stunning views with colonial history. Accessible by ferry or water taxi, this island is great for picnics or to have lunch at the cafe – it's open daily for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a scrumptious brunch on Sunday.
Matilda's Shark Island Ferry departs daily from Circular Quay. If you're looking for things to do with the kids in Sydney, pack a picnic and enjoy a day out on a secret island. Shark Island was named for its sharklike shape, its sandy beaches and rocky foreshores. Drinking water and toilets are available.
For a truly memorable New Year's Eve with epic views of Sydney's famous fireworks, secure a spot on Cockatoo, Shark, Clark or Goat islands, which are open to a limited number of visitors (bookings essential).