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Fort Denison heritage tour

Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

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Discover the history behind Australia's only Martello tower on this fascinating tour. It's the most complete Martello tower in the world, and a popular Sydney attraction.

When

Daily at 11.15am–11.45am, 12.15pm–12.45pm, 2pm–2.30pm and 3.10pm–3.40pm.

No tours Friday 14 April 2017 (Good Friday), Monday 25 December 2017 (Christmas Day), Tuesday 26 December 2017 (Boxing Day), Sunday 31 December 2017 (New Years Eve), Monday 1 January 2018 (New Years Day) and Friday 26 January 2018 (Australia Day). 

Spend a few hours exploring the fort, but make sure you meet your guide at Fort Denison wharf at your scheduled tour time.

Where
Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park
Accessibility
No disabled access
Grade
Easy. Suitable for all ages.
Price

Adult $37.50 per person. Concession $33 per person. Child 5–15 years $29 per person. Children under 5 years free. Family of four $31 per person.

Price includes tour and ferry transport. You can buy tour-only tickets on Fort Denison if you've made your own way there.

Meeting point
Tour begins at Fort Denison.
Bookings

Bookings required. Book online or phone 13000 PARKS (72757). Group tour bookings available.

Tours are non-refundable. Transfers to another date within a 3-month period are available if you request this 48 hours before the date of your original tour. Tours operate regardless of the weather.

There will be no catering or cafe facilities on Fort Denison from Monday 26 June 2017 onwards.

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Join a 30-minute tour of Fort Denison with an NPWS guide. You'll enjoy magnificent 360° views of Sydney Harbour and its foreshores. Explore the museum's self-guided displays and discover more fascinating history from the audio-visual presentation.

It's a good idea to bring a hat, sunscreen and your camera to record your trip to this unique Sydney Harbour island. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the upper grass level of the fort.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: 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 day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.

    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 Island, all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

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