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Japanese mini submarine tour: Fort Denison

Sydney Harbour National Park


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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.


Thursday 25 October 2018, 1.30pm–4.30pm.

2019: Sunday 13 January, Sunday 27 January, Sunday 24 February, Sunday 28 April, Friday 31 May and Sunday 2 June, 10.30am – 1.30pm.

Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park
Easy. Suitable for adults and teens 16 years and over.

Adult $67 per person. Concession $62 per person.

Meeting point
Cadmans Cottage forecourt, 110 George Street, The Rocks
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 or book online.
Group bookings available on request (minimum of 50 people).
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An NPWS guide will take you back to this fateful night during World War II, when the conflict came right into Sydney Harbour. You'll take a trip on a historic ferry. We'll trace the movement of the submarines. You'll learn about the civilians and naval personnel involved in this extraordinary story. We'll spend some time on Fort Denison, and we'll also visit Garden Island. You'll see the conning tower of one of the midget submarines there.

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).

    Buy an annual pass.
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Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan