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 the harbour island once called Pinchgut. This former military site is the most complete Martello Tower in the world and a popular Sydney attraction. Take a virtual tour of Fort Denison captured with Google Street View Trekker.
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.
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.
Discover the history behind Australia's only Martello tower on this fascinating tour. It's the most complete Martello tower in the world, and a popular Sydney attraction.
- Fees apply. Free park entry.
Daily at 11.15am – 11.45am, 12.15pm – 12.45pm, 1.45pm – 2.15pm and 2.45pm – 3.15pm.
No tours Friday 14 April 2017 (Good Friday), Monday 25 December 2017 (Christmas Day), Tuesday 26 December 2017 (Boxing Day), Sunday 31 December 2017 (New Years Eve), Monday 1 January 2018 (New Years Day) and Friday 26 January 2018 (Australia Day).
Spend a few hours exploring the fort, but make sure you meet your guide at Fort Denison wharf at your scheduled tour time.
- Sydney Harbour National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Take a fascinating tour of Goat Island, an iconic Sydney landmark in Sydney Harbour National Park.
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.