Sydney is home to some of the most historical islands in Australia. Whether you are a local or a visitor, these 10 beautiful landmarks deserve a visit. Pack a picnic, and you’re your nearest and dearest along for your very own Sydney island hopping experience.
This little Island just off Darling Point is an idyllic spot for a picnic or special celebration. From its humble beginnings as a veggie garden, it is now available for casual visits or private island hire. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/venues/clark-island
Cockatoo Island is the largest of the island on Sydney Harbour. It’s had numerous uses throughout the years- from a prison, to reformatory school for girls and naval shipbuilding dock. It’s been open for public visits since 2007 and in the last decade become a popular spot for festivals. Another perfect spot for a picnic, BBQ or if you’re feeling active- a game of tennis. http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/
This forested Hawkesbury River Island is a small island that’s known for the abundance of fish in the region. It’s one of the few islands that’s populated- however no cars are permitted on this little piece of paradise. Take a ferry over and explore! http://www.visitsydneyaustralia.com.au/dangar-isld.html
Located near Bennelong Point, Fort Denison is the tiny island infamous for its distinctive Martello tower. Once used as isolation cell for prisoners, Fort Dennison has transitioned into a much more prestigious venue offering fancy dining, extravagant NYE parties, wedding celebrations and special private events. http://www.fortdenison.com.au/
Originally used as a naval arsenal in the late 1820s, Goat Island was originally used as a naval arsenal in the late 1820’s, followed by a sandstone quart for gangs of convicts in the 1830’s. More recent times have seen the island used as a set for the 90’s show Water Rats. Great place and unusual place to take a scenic stroll and unwind. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/historic-buildings-places/goat-island
Rodd Island, also known as Rabbit Island or Snake Island is a tiny piece of land that you can see whilst doing the ever-popular Bay Run. Known for becoming the very first recreation reserve in Sydney. Rodd Island is one of the quieter islands meaning it’s the perfect place for a private picnic or lunch. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/picnic-areas/rodd-island
Located 35 kilometres north of Sydney CBD , Scotland Island in Pittwater is one of the only two residential islands in the Sydney area. Since the 60’s, Scotland Island has become home to a warm community that have embraced offshore living. Come see it for yourself, you may even want to stay. http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/
The spectacular shape of this island gave it its unique name. From a birds eye view, you can see it’s in fact two small islands joined by a narrow peninsula. Used as a navy base in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, it is now a popular destination for a quiet stroll with spectacular views. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/spectacle-island-nature-reserve
Wedding Cake Island
About a kilometre offshore from Coogee Beach, the beautiful Wedding Cake Island acts as a wave breaker for the giant waves in the area. It’s quite quiet and all rocks and water for anyone wanting some serene time.
Bare Island in La Perouse
The small island was once a place to “ward off invaders”. It was used as a retirement home for war vets after Australia became a federation, followed by a more recent cameo in Mission Impossible 2. You can tour the island on Sundays. The waters surrounding Bare Island are known to locals as a magnificent site for diving. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/guided-tours/bare-island-fort-guided-tour
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