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Shark Island

“At Shark Island, the views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House just can’t be overstated. A picnic island in the middle of the harbour – what a treat.”

Do you like the sound of an island getaway but don’t have time to jump on a plane? Just book a trip through one of our licensed transport operators, head to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, and before you know it, you’ll be exiting the ferry at Shark Island.

The 1.5ha Shark Island sits in Sydney Harbour, just 1km from Rose Bay. 

With its lush grassy areas, picnic shelters and spacious gazebo and amazing 360° views, the island is the perfect place for a harbour picnic or to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

After lunch, you can explore the island’s foreshore and grottos, hand built in the early 1900s and hiding a range of tide pool creatures.

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


Getting there

Getting there:

Access to the island must be arranged through a NPWS-licensed transport operator. Captain Cook Cruises operate regular services to Shark Island (landing fee is included in ticket price). 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 Shark Island – access is via watercraft only.

Important info


  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • Private vessels can drop off and pick up, however are not permitted to moor at Shark Cafe
  • Barbecue facilities are not available on Shark Island
  • You'll need to bring everything you need for the day
  • Power (including 3 phase) is available if the venue is hired exclusively; please note power requirements must be discussed prior to the event.

Opening hours:

Shark Island is open 7 days a week, between sunrise and sunset. Bookings in advance essential.



  • Exclusive hire, per day: $3300
  • Landing fee - non-exclusive hire, per person, per day (max 100, children under 5 free): $7
  • Wedding ceremony consent fee (not applicable if the island is hired exclusively): $550 For wedding ceremonies where the venue is not hired exclusively, both the wedding consent fee and the landing fee apply.


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