Sydney Harbour islands, bridges and walks
Islands, bridges and walks
Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour. Photo © Andy Mitchell
SYDNEY HARBOUR NATIONAL PARK
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.
ISLANDS IN SYDNEY HARBOUR
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 www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/cadmans-cottage-historic-site
To tour the convict heritage of Goat Island at www.uniquesydneycruises.com.au
For walks around Sydney Harbour www.sydneycoastalwalks.com.au
SYDNEY HARBOUR’S OTHER ISLANDS
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 www.cockatooisland.gov.au
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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 www.navyhistory.org.au
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 www.harbourtrust.gov.au
SYDNEY’S 7 BRIDGES
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. www.7bridgeswalk.com.au
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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