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Rodd Island

“I’ll never forget arriving for the wedding by water taxi. It was like our own special island for the day.”

Rodd Island, located in the sheltered waters of Iron Cove, just off Birkenhead Point, has a colourful history and boasts some of the best views west of the bridge. This perfect picnic spot is in the farthest west of the harbour islands within Sydney Harbour National Park.

Pack the hamper for a family picnic once you’ve booked ahead and planned your route there. You can walk through the expansive gardens, gaze at the spectacular scenic harbour views, and explore the historic buildings, including a dance hall and two summer houses. In 1879, it became the first public recreation reserve in Sydney Harbour. It was also used as a biological laboratory and US army training ground during the Second World War.

A unique venue with an impressive backdrop for weddings and special functions, Rodd Island is available for hire, so you can add your own special event to its history. Choose your own transport style and book ahead for this popular site.


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 Rodd Island – access is via watercraft only.

Important info


  • Drinking water
  • Electric power
  • Other facilities/equipment
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets
  • Venue

You should know:

  • Take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • This island is available for exclusive hire, with capacity for 100 people.

Venue fees:

  • Exclusive hire, per day: $1,250.00
  • Non-exclusive hire, per person, per day (max 50, children under 5 free): $7
  • Wedding ceremony consent fee (not applicable if the island is hired exclusively): $550
  • Note that both the wedding ceremony consent fee and the landing fee are applicable to wedding ceremony bookings

Wheelchair access:


Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.


The island can be booked for weddings and special events, you’ll also need to book if you’re planning to picnic on the island.


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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Rodd Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath/NSW Government