Shark Island

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Overview

For an island event on your doorstep, Shark Island in Sydney Harbour National Park is the perfect venue for hosting a Christmas party, music festival or concert. Enjoy its lush grassy areas, scenic Sydney Harbour views and fascinating history.

Venue is suitable for
Wedding receptions, wedding ceremonies, arts and cultural events, concerts and festivals, corporate and MICE events, private party or function
Capacity
Maximum people: 800
Facilities
Picnic tables, drinking water, toilets, electric power
Availability
Available for hire 7 days a week, except 22nd Dec to 2nd Jan and 26th Jan.
Bookings

To make a booking or for more information, please email the Events and Venues Unit or phone (02) 9585 6570.

Other Information
This venue is also suitable for commercial and public events such as live performances, festivals and product launches.

The 1.5ha Shark Island sits in Sydney Harbour, just 1km from Rose Bay, and makes for one of Sydney’s most idyllic outdoor wedding venues. With its lush grassy areas, picnic shelters and spacious gazebo, and amazing 360° views of Sydney Harbour, the island is the perfect venue hire option for music festival, your corporate office Christmas party or wedding.

While enjoying the day’s celebrations, you and your guests can explore the island’s foreshore and grottos, hand built in the early 1900s and hiding a range of tide pool creatures.

Take a virtual tour of Shark Island on Google Street View.

 

For directions, safety and practical information, see venue info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/venues/shark-island/local-alerts

General enquiries

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 fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour islands. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes not valid for landing fees.

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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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

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.

Facilities

Toilets

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 vessels, including kayaks need to pay a $7 per person landing fee by calling 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).


Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

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

Prohibited

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Views over Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan