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 the harbour islands within Sydney Harbour National Park.

Pack the hamper for a family picnic once you’ve booked ahead and planned your route there. You can walk through the expansive gardens, gaze at the spectacular scenic harbour views, and explore the historic buildings, including a dance hall and two summer houses. In 1879, it became the first public recreation reserve in Sydney Harbour. It was also used as a biological laboratory and US army training ground during the Second World War.

A unique venue with an impressive backdrop for weddings and special functions, Rodd Island is available for hire, so you can add your own special event to its history. Choose your own transport style and book ahead for this popular site.

Nearby events

  1. Tea and Cheese Pairing Workshop

    Friday 25 May 2018 to Friday 29 April 2022 , Balmain

    Participants will learn and experience how tea and cheese pairings enhance both, through complex aromas and flavours, producing new third flavours. Naturally farmed teas from different world regions (Green, Oolongs, Black, and Pu-erh) wil…

    25 May - 29 Apr
  2. Watercolour painting for beginners

    Friday 25 May 2018 to Thursday 26 May 2022 , Surry Hills

    Learn all about watercolour painting, in this fun and playful class. You can bring along something that you want to paint, or else the teacher will provide a subject for you. You'll learn all the techniques in an easy and enjoyable way. …

    25 May - 26 May
  3. El' Circo

    Friday 25 May 2018 to Friday 18 January 2019 , Darlinghurst

    Step inside, the magic awaits! Slide's famous nine course circus degustation, El’ Circo, captivates with the charm and flavour of Parisian cabaret; timeless yet original - it’s a little piece of Europe in the heart of Sydney. Talented aer…

    25 May - 18 Jan