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Sydney Harbour islands, bridges and walks

Sydney Harbour
Islands, bridges and walks

Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour. Photo © Andy Mitchell

Shark Island, Sydney Harbour (Photo Eftan Rohoff; Destination NSW)
Reef Beach (Photo Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW

Accessible by boat or ferry or you can drive, walk or cycle to foreshore locations. Take a bushwalk, visit a fort, have a picnic, stop for a coffee or a meal, experience Aboriginal Culture, take a Discovery walk or tour. Some places you should not miss include North Head, South Head (incl ‘The Gap’) and Nielsen Park harbourside beach.

Chowder Bay (Photo James Pipino)

Six of Sydney Harbour’s accessible islands are in the Sydney Harbour National Park. You can take a guided Discovery tour to Goat Island or Fort Denison. The others islands are Shark, Spectacle, Clark and Rodd.
For brochures, information and bookings Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre, Cadman’s Cottage 110 George St The Rocks. Tel: 1300 361 967
To tour the convict heritage of Goat Island at
For walks around Sydney Harbour

Bronte Beach Walk (Photo James Horan; Destination NSW)

Cockatoo Island is Sydney Harbour’s largest island and is heritage-listed. Take a ferry and explore the island for the day or stay overnight in the campground or holiday houses. Guided tours take place every Sunday. Ph 02 8969 2100. For camping and accommodation Tel: (02) 8898 9774 or

Garden Island was joined to the mainland at Potts Point during WW2 and is now a Naval Base. For guided tours of the Island’s heritage. Ph 02 9359 2372

Kayaking on the Harbour (Photo Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW)

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust manages an important collection of harbour places around Sydney Harbour. North Head Sanctuary Manly. Superb city views. Headland Park, Mosman. At Middle Head remnants of military fortifications and panoramic Harbour views from Georges Head lookout. Chowder Bay at the Harbour’s edge where you can watch the passing parade of Harbour life. Woolwich Dock and Parklands is an historic dry dock carved out of sandstone and now a working boatyard. Macquarie Light station, Vaucluse is a guiding light for ships.

For more information and tour bookings SYDNEY HARBOUR FEDERATION TRUST Ph 02 8969 2100

Anzac Bridge (Photo James Horan; Destination NSW)

Seven bridges cross Sydney Harbour and the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers – Sydney Harbour Bridge, Figtree, Tarban Creek and Gladesville Bridges, Iron Cove, Anzac Bridge and Pyrmont Bridges.
Join the annual ‘7 Bridge Walk’ event walk, or you can cycle or drive it any time.
Other bridges cross waterways on the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers and Middle Harbour. Most have accessible parks and picnic spots under the approaches and walkways which provide spectacular views.

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