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Japanese mini submarine tour: Garden Island

Sydney Harbour National Park


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One night in 1942, 3 midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour to attack naval vessels docked there. Find out the rest of the story on this tour into Sydney's history, in Sydney Harbour National Park.


Tour time: 10.30am to 1.30pm

2019 tour dates: Sunday 25 August and Sunday 6 October.

Sydney Harbour National Park
Easy. Suitable for adults. You'll walk 400m return from the ferry to the Garden Island Heritage Centre.

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

Meeting point
Cadmans Cottage forecourt, 110 George Street, The Rocks. Meet at 10am.
What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, snacks
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 or book online.
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An NPWS guide will take you back to that fateful night during World War II, when the conflict came right into Sydney Harbour. You'll take a trip on a historic ferry and trace the movement of the submarines. You'll learn about the civilians and naval personnel involved in this extraordinary story. You'll visit the Garden Island Heritage Centre, where you'll see the conning tower of one of the submarines. You'll also see the remains of a Japanese torpedo that was fired at, but missed, the USS Chicago

It's a good idea to wear a hat, and to bring sunscreen, drinking water and snacks.

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. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes not valid for landing fees.

    Buy annual pass
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Hornby lighthouse and South Head. Photo: David Finnegan