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Clark Island

"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.

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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:

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

Important info

Facilities:

  • 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.

Contacts:

National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 Parks for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)
Mosman, Phone: 02 9960 6266

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