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Fort Denison

Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

Fort Denison is a heritage fort on a Sydney harbour island, once called Pinchgut. This former military site is the most complete Martello Tower in the world and a popular Sydney attraction. 

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
Sydney Harbour National Park
Accessibility
Hard
Entry fees

Fort Denison ferry tickets include landing fee. If you're taking a water taxi, visitors will need to call 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) to pay a $7 per person landing fee.

Equipment
provided
No. Please bring a picnic to enjoy during your visit. Drinking water and toilet facilities are still available on the island.
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen
Bookings
You can book a Fort Denison heritage tour online. Group tour bookings (more than 20 people) are required at least six weeks in advance.
Please note
  • There are no food and beverage services on Fort Denison as the lease for Fort Denison Cafe and Restaurant concluded on 26 June 2017
  • A selection process is underway to determine a new operator for the venue, but the cafe and restaurant is expected to remain closed until 2018.
  • Fort Denison will be unavailable for events and functions until further notice
  • This webpage will be updated when Fort Denison Cafe and Restaurant re-opens and becomes available for public bookings

A former defence facility, Fort Denison is located on a small harbour island in the centre of Sydney Harbour just a stone's throw from the Botanic Gardens. Once under attack from US friendly fire in WWII, Fort Denison is today a top Sydney tourist attraction.

One of the most coveted places in Sydney for New Years Eve, the 360° views are sure to impress. Take the guided tour to explore Fort Denison’s museum, canons gun powder store and winding staircase in Australia’s only Martello Tower. Discover the fully operational tide guage room where Sydneys tidal benchmark is recorded. 

It’s easy to get to Fort Denison – just make sure you’re there for the firing of the 1pm cannon.

Take a virtual tour of Fort Denison captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Tours and events at this location

  • Cannons on Fort Denison. Photo: John Yurasek

    Fort Denison heritage tour

    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.

  • Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government

    Japanese mini submarine tour: Fort Denison

    In 1942, 3 midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour to attack naval vessels docked there. What happened next? Find out on this great harbour tour into Sydney's history in Sydney Harbour National Park.

  • Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government

    WilderQuest Convict kids on Fort Denison

    Take this exciting guided WilderQuest journey back in time on Fort Denison. During this fun school holidays activity you'll find out what it was like to be a convict transported to NSW.

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Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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.

  • 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