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Clark Island

Important information

Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas


Updated: 09/03/2015 03:10 PM

"Clark Island is definitely one of the best places to picnic in Sydney. The views are amazing, and the atmosphere is so peaceful."

Located off the tip of prestigious Darling Point near Double Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the lovely Clark Island spans less than a hectare in size.

Lieutenant Ralph Clark cultivated the island as a vegetable garden in 1789 after arriving with the First Fleet the year before. Though his vegetables were continually stolen, the name Clark remains firmly attached to the island, which is now a recreational haven for Sydneysiders.

Savour a tranquil picnic lunch while you soak up Clark Island’s exceptional vistas and historic surroundings. Wander its bushland pathways and feel you’ve stepped into a postcard as you indulge in some of the city’s best Opera House and Harbour Bridge views. Just remember to book before you come.

You can even reserve the island for a unique wedding venue or take a cultural tour of Clark Island with the crew of the Tribal Warrior.

Take a virtual tour of Clark Island on Google Street View.


Getting there

Getting there:

Access to the island must be arranged through a NPWS-licensed transport operator. Private vessels may be used for pick-up and drop-off with permission only. Please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) for further information.


Parking is not available at Clark Island – access is via watercraft only.

Important info


  • Drinking water
  • Electric power
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets
  • Venue

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch / whale watch
  • Please note that mooring at the wharf is not permitted – wharf access is for passenger loading and unloading only
  • Please supervise children around the water at all times
  • You can hire the island for weddings and other functions – see the venue map.
  • The number of people is restricted to 30 per group with a maximum island capacity of 150 people
  • Don’t have time to visit? You can also experience a wonderful view of Clark Island from the historic Elizabeth Bay House.

Opening hours:

Clark Island is open 7 days a week, between sunrise and sunset.



  • Exclusive hire, per day: $2,200
  • Landing fee for non-exclusive hire, per person, per day (max 50, children under 5 fee): $7. Please contact National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 PARKS for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded).
  • Wedding ceremony consent fee (not applicable if the island is hired exclusively): $550
  • Note that both wedding ceremony consent fee and landing fee are applicable to wedding ceremony bookings.


National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)
Mosman (venue information and bookings), Phone: (02) 9960 6266

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Alcohol Free zone until 28 February 2015 applies to all the park
Sydney Harbour National Park is an alcohol free zone until the 28th Feb 2015. Milk Beach and the Hermitage Foreshore are part of Sydney Harbour National Park and are therefore included in this alcohol free area. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
Locations affected: Clark Island, Middle Head, South Head, Hermitage Foreshore track, North Head, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre, Greycliffe Gardens, Bottle and Glass Point, Nielsen Park Cafe and Halbert Pavilion
Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: North Head, Collins Flat Beach
Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage and Steele Point Cottage are currently unavailable for booking until further notice. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. For more information please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage

Clark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan