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.
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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.
The historic Hornby Lighthouse is near Watsons Bay in Sydney Harbour National Park. Walk the easy track to the lighthouse for magical views and great whale watching.
Cafes and kiosks
Nielsen Park offers a popular cafe with terrific seasonal cuisine, and several different venues to suit a range of special events, from weddings to corporate parties.
Enjoy a mountain biking day trip, taking in Bobbin Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park from Mount Colah Station to Pymble Station, with picnicking and swimming options.
Bradleys Head Amphitheatre is an exceptionally popular place within Sydney Harbour National Park. A fabulous lookout, it's also a great picnic area and fishing spot.
There's no shortage of lookouts at South Head. The Gap offers some of Sydney's finest views and good opportunities for whale watching. South Head is also great for a swim, try Camp Cove or Lady Bay Beach.
Middle Head is one of Sydney Harbour's seven headlands. Enjoy scenic views of Sydney Harbour from the lookout or take a guided tour of the historic fort and military relics.
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.
Nielsen Park is perfectly positioned at Vaucluse in Sydney's eastern suburbs. It offers sublime views, the lovely Shark Beach, a harbourside café and three great picnic areas.
Historic Rodd Island, in Iron Cove, offers scenic harbour views, picnicking, fishing, and venue hire for weddings and functions in Sydney Harbour National Park.
Take this exciting guided WilderQuest journey back in time on Fort Denison. During this fun school holidays activity you'll find out what it was like to be a convict transported to NSW.
Do you love stories about long ago? If you do, this WilderQuest holiday adventure's for you. We'll take a trip to Goat Island and into Sydney's past.
NPWS is conducting a series of guided tours of this historic fortification in Sydney Harbour National Park. We'll explore the rarely opened Beehive Casemate as part of this tour at Middle Head, near Mosman.
- Fees apply. Free park entry.
Tour times: 10.30am–11.15am, 11.30am–12.15am and 12.30pm–1.15pm
2017: Sunday 27 August, Sunday 29 October and Tuesday 21 November 2017.
2018: Sunday 7 January, Wednesday 24 January, Sunday 25th February, Wednesday 21 March and Sunday 29 April 2018.
- Sydney Harbour National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Passing through Lane Cove National Park, this multi-day hike offers stunning scenery across Sydney, the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. Tackle part of the track for an easy day walk.
The easy Hermitage Foreshore walk is one of Sydney's great coastal walks. Start at Bayview Hill Road or Nielsen Park and take in the views of Shark Island, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the grounds of Strickland House along the way.
The short and easy South Head Heritage trail takes in scenic Sydney Harbour, views, historic gun emplacements and the distinctive red and white striped Hornby Lighthouse.