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 played an important and fascinating role in the development of Sydney’s cityscape. In the 1800s, the island was used as a home for convict work gangs and as a gunpowder storage depot.

The Queen's Magazine, which stands on Goat Island, was built in the 1830s by convicts using sandstone quarried from the eastern side of the island. It was used to store explosives, and beside it there's a barracks, cooperage and kitchen.

Later, Goat Island was the site of the first water police station and harbour fire brigade. Following this, the island served as a shipyard, and in more recent years it has been a location for filming and concerts, including the television series Water Rats.

Nearby events

  1. Tea and Cheese Pairing Workshop

    Thursday 23 August 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…

    23 Aug - 29 Apr
  2. Learn to pair tea and chocolate

    Thursday 23 August 2018 to Saturday 01 April 2023 , Balmain

    Through this two hour workshop, participants will experience flavours, aromas and textures of premium natural farming teas (Green, Black, Oolong, and Pu-erh) paired with delicious floral, nutty, citrusy and earthy chocolates, a true sensory…

    23 Aug - 01 Apr
  3. Balmain Markets

    Saturday 25 August 2018 to Saturday 06 October 2018 , Balmain

    At the Balmain Markets browse amongst the second hand books, recycled art, contemporary galleries and jewellery plus sample home made vegetarian snacks from the multicultural food hall. There are 140 stalls offering: high quality origina…

    25 Aug - 06 Oct