Sydney Harbour Islands


Discover the islands of Sydney Harbour, one of the great natural harbours in the world. Explore a World Heritage convict site, marvel at iconic Sydney attractions, enjoy a tasty island picnic or a delicious island restaurant, and learn about Aboriginal culture. You can even go island camping.

  • Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park
  • Harbour views at Shark Island, Sydney

About Sydney Harbour Islands

The islands within beautiful Sydney Harbour hold great cultural and historical significance. Cockatoo Island is one of 11 Australian colonial convict sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list and Shark Island is popular for picnics, with spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and city skyline.

Getting to these two islands as well as Fort Denison, near the iconic Sydney Opera House, and Garden Island is easy on a ferry from Circular Quay. Harbour cruises such as the wonderful Aboriginal-led Tribal Warrior Harbour Cruises are available to other islands in the harbour.

Cockatoo Island, Sydney

Cockatoo Island is the largest of the harbour islands. There are tours of the convict sites and heritage shipyards. You can even stay a night camping and enjoy a barbecue on one of the great natural harbours in the world and watch a glorious sunrise over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Fort Denison is a former defence facility. Take a guided tour of the museum and reserve a table at Fort Denison Restaurant for delicious food and marvellous views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s one of the hottest spots to watch Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Clark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park

For fascinating naval heritage, visit the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre on Garden Island. As this island in Woolloomooloo Bay is part of active naval base, you’ll need to take a ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay and alight at Garden Island. Entry into this museum is free.

  1. Fantasea Cruising

    Fantasea Cruising is one of Australia's leading marine tourism and transport operators and have been cruising within Australia for almost 30 years. They love what they do and they love Sydney Harbour. They give people...

  2. Fort Denison

    A former defence facility, Fort Denison is located on a small harbour island in the centre of Sydney Harbour just a stone's throw from the Botanic Gardens. Once under attack from US friendly fire in WWII, Fort Denison...

  3. Goat Island

    Goat Island has long been a significant place in Port Jackson. The island, known as Me-mel by the local Cadigal people, was once inhabited by Bennelong and Barangaroo.Since European settlement, Goat Island...

  4. Magistic Cruises

    Magistic Cruises present the newest and most impressive fleet of luxury five million dollar catamarans on Sydney Harbour. With exceptional nautical design, contemporary interior decor, superior service and fine...

  5. Rodd Island

    Rodd Island, located in the sheltered waters of Iron Cove, just off Birkenhead Point, has a colourful history and boasts some of the best views west of the bridge. This perfect picnic spot is in the farthest west of...

  6. Shark Island

    Do you like the sound of an island getaway but don’t have time to jump on a plane? Just book a trip through one of our licensed transport operators, head to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, and before you know it,...

  7. Sydney Heritage Fleet Cruises

    Sydney Heritage Fleet offers a few day cruise options on the Sydney Harbour. There are sailings available on the historic James Craig, a 1874 baroque sailing vessel and harbour cruises with a lunch stop aboard one of...

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