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Clark Island

Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

With views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, historic Clark Island is a picnic spot like no other, near Double Bay in the eastern suburbs.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Sydney Harbour National Park
Price
Free
Entry fees

To visit Clark Island you will need to book and pay a $7 per person landing fee.

Opening times

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

Hire this venue

Clark Island is available for events and function hire.

Please note
  • 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
  • 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.

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Conservation program:

Fort Denison heritage collection project

Fort Denison is home to a wealth of historic heritage. The Fort Denison heritage collection project invited volunteers to locate, identify, document, conserve, interpret and make accessible the heritage collections in Sydney Harbour National Park. This allowed NPWS to engage with the community and ensure our collections are protected.

 Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Vehicle entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $7 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $4 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given.   

    Chowder Bay carpark: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per calendar day - additional time can be purchased.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour Islands. Fort Denison can only be visited on a tour. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands, you'll need to book and pay landing fees beforehand. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

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