Sydney Harbour National Park
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.
- Picnic areas
- Sydney Harbour National Park
To visit Clark Island all vessels, including kayaks, 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
- Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
- 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
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.
Tours and events at this location
Join the friendly and knowledgeable guides of Tribal Warrior for a fascinating boat and island tour as you learn about the Aboriginal culture of Sydney Harbour.
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.
Historic Rodd Island, in Iron Cove, offers scenic harbour views, picnicking, fishing, and venue hire for weddings and functions in Sydney Harbour National Park.
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 (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.
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.
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.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Nielsen Park office
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- 02 9337 5511
- Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, 6 Steele Point Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030
- 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.
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.Buy annual pass