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Goat Island heritage tour

Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

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Take a fascinating tour of Goat Island, an iconic Sydney landmark in Sydney Harbour National Park.

When

Tours run 10.35am–1.10pm.

2018 tour dates:

Sunday 21 October, Sunday 4 November, Sunday 18 November, Thursday 29 November, Sunday 2 December, Sunday 16 December and Thursday 27 December.

2019 tour dates:

Sunday 6 January, Sunday 20 January, Thursday 31 January, Sunday 3 February, Sunday 17 February, Thursday 28 February, Sunday 3 March, Sunday 17 March, Thursday 28 March, Sunday 7 April, Sunday 21 April, Friday 26 April, Sunday 5 May, Sunday 19 May, Thursday 30 May, Sunday 2 June, Sunday 16 June and Thursday 27 June.

Where
Goat Island, Sydney Harbour National Park
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. Please bring your ticket/s to the tour.

Meeting point
Wharf 6, Circular Quay (near the Captain Cook ticket booth). Meet at 10.30am.
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 or book online.
Availability
Group bookings available for 20 or more.
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Join an NPWS Discovery guide on a fascinating tour of historic Goat Island. Learn the Aboriginal name for Goat Island, explore the convict quarry and visit one of the first water police stations in Sydney.

Venture inside the Queens magazine, built in 1836 to store large amounts of explosive gunpower, right in the middle of our harbour. You'll see the convicts' cramped sleeping quarters and learn what their lives were like on the island. What sort of food did they eat? What punishments did they endure? You'll also get an insight into the lives of the soldiers who watched over them.

If you're a fan of the Aussie television drama Water Rats, you'll also enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at some of the remaining film sets. And finally, bring your camera because Goat Island boasts captivating views of Barangaroo, Balmain and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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  • Discovery

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).

    Buy an annual pass.
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Goat Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan