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Shark Island

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Venue info

All the practical information you need to know about Shark Island.

Getting there and parking

Access to the island must be arranged through a NPWS-licensed transport operator. Private vessels may be used for pick-up and drop-off with permission only. Mooring at the wharf is not permitted. 


Parking is not available at Shark Island – access is via watercraft only.

Ferry service

Captain Cook Cruises operate a public ferry service to the island daily and a timetable is available to help you plan your trip. Please note that this ferry will not operate if the island is booked exclusively.



2 x male and 5 x female toilets available - flush

Picnic tables

8.5m x 8.5m gazebo, 5 x picnic shelters and bench seating. 

Drinking water

1 tap available.

Electric power

6 x 240 volt 10 amp and 1 x 3-phase 20 amp (5 pin).

Facilities not available

Rubbish bins - all rubbish must be taken with you when you leave the island.

Barbecues - portable gas barbecues with drip trays may be brought on to the island, as there are no barbecue facilities available.

Maps and downloads

Fees and passes

Venue hire fees apply. For more information, email the Events and Venues Unit or phone 02 9585 6570.

If you're not booking an event or venue, all visitors need to pay a $7 per person landing fee by calling 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) or you can book and pay online.

Annual NSW parks passes do not cover landing or tour fees.

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).


Disability access level - hard

Shark Island is only accessible by boat. Wheelchair access is difficult.




Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Shark Island

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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