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Clark Island

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Overview

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With views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, historic Clark Island is a picnic spot like no other, near Double Bay in the eastern suburbs.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Sydney Harbour National Park
Price

To visit Clark Island all visitors need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. Children 0 to 4yrs are free.

Opening times

Clark Island is open 7 days a week, between sunrise and sunset.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Bookings
All visitors need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. Book and pay online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Hire this venue

Clark Island is available for events and function hire.

Please note
  • Wharf access is for passenger loading and unloading only
  • The number of people is restricted to 30 per group with a maximum island capacity of 250 people
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Located off the tip of prestigious Darling Point near Double Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the lovely Clark Island spans less than a hectare in size.

Lieutenant Ralph Clark cultivated the island as a vegetable garden in 1789 after arriving with the First Fleet the year before. Though his vegetables were continually stolen, the name Clark remains firmly attached to the island, which is now a recreational haven for Sydneysiders.

Savour a tranquil picnic lunch while you soak up Clark Island’s exceptional vistas and historic surroundings. Wander its bushland pathways and feel you’ve stepped into a postcard as you indulge in some of the city’s best Opera House and Harbour Bridge views. Just remember to book before you come.

You can even reserve the island for a unique wedding venue or take a cultural tour of Clark Island with the crew of the Tribal Warrior.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Tours and events at this location

Also see:

  • A couple enjoy a picnic on Shark Island – Boowambillee, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

    Shark Island – Boowambillee

    Positioned in Sydney Harbour, 1km from the mouth of Rose Bay, Shark Island – Boowambillee (booh-uhm-'bil-ee) is a picnic spot with a difference. Explore the island's foreshore, go swimming or relax in front of amazing Sydney Harbour views.

  • Rodd Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath/NSW Government

    Rodd Island

    Historic Rodd Island, in Iron Cove, offers scenic harbour views, picnicking, fishing, and venue hire for weddings and functions in Sydney Harbour National Park.

  • Goat Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Goat Island

    Known as Me-mel by the local Cadigal people, Goat Island was once inhabited by Bennelong and Barangaroo. Guided tours are available to explore the rich history of Goat Island.

  • Fort Denison – Muddawahnyuh, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo credit: John Yurasek © DPIE

    Fort Denison – Muddawahnyuh

    Fort Denison – Muddawahnyuh (mud-uh-'wahn-yuh) is closed for maintenance and conservation works until early 2022. 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.

 

Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

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 fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.

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