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Address: Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 02 9247 5033
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was once a prison for the worst convicts

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Nice spot, good views

Stopped off here as part of a boat cruise. Only needed 30-40mins tops to explore. They do run guided tours ($15 i think). I did self guided tour as was able to get full and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Pre booked for 6 & travelled by water taxi to the island (part of the booking package) - Park Ranger was available to take anyone interested on a short tour - otherwise straight to the tables to enjoy the unique location. Waiters were very friendly & added to the experience. Music, weather, atmosphere made for a great night. Menu was... More 

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Thank Donna C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped off here as part of a boat cruise. Only needed 30-40mins tops to explore. They do run guided tours ($15 i think). I did self guided tour as was able to get full and indepth history of the island from the videos, information boards and artefacts. Only think i wasn't able to do is go up the tower as... More 

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Thank 25slw
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a really fun trip. We went to Fort Denison to have lunch but the whole experience was great. To get there we took the Captain Cook Cruise from Darling Habour at a cost of $20 return which included the fee to get onto Fort Denison. There was a lot of different time slots throughout the day. Lunch was... More 

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Thank Tarryn C
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour in late January 2016. There are many options for timing and such, but here are some ideas which we know work well, and fit a comprehensive coverage into three and a half hours. Go to the Captain Cook Cruises ticket booth at wharf 6 at Circular Quay and get a... More 

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Parramatta, Australia
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three adults and five children ages 5-12yrs had a great time on the National Parks and Wildlife Tour and then we stayed for lunch - Wow! I was surprised how many people didn't do the tour and just walked around themselves but i was pleased we did. We on the tour and my group of 8 people were the only... More 

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Thank Shirley G
Wagga Wagga
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fort Denison is easy to reach from Circular Quay. If one has done the tour previously then go for a delicious lunch. When we are in Sydney it is one of our favourites, the best views in the world, wonderful friendly waiters and an enjoyable menu. Prices are no more expensive than in the city. Yesterday the oysters were to... More 

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Thank Lorraine S
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 362 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We bought our ferry tickets for the Captain Cook service at 10.30 from Darling Harbour - $20 ea. return. Ferries are infrequent, so once we arrived we did the National Parks tour of the Martello Tower ($ extra) & we had to rush to catch a return ferry. It might have been better to have taken a later ferry out... More 

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Rayong, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fort Denison, in Sydney Harbour, was built as a prison for convicts from almost the first days of New South Wales European settlement in 1788. It is also known as Pinchgut Island, after a convict in the same year, named Thomas Hill, was sentenced to a week on bread and water in irons. It is believed that no convict escaped... More 

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Thank dwbrown555
Sydney
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We booked the ferry and 11am tour combo (as the 12pm tour was booked out). The tour allows you to go to the tower which is worthwhile, and takes about 20 minutes. Then instead of leaving on the next ferry, we decided to wait one and a half hours for the cannon firing at 1pm. There was a disappointed crowd... More 

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Thank margusluke
England
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Although a small island it is huge in history. Worth a visit. Read about the life of people living on the island. Take a tour of the Martel tower with Steve Wagner, the island guide. He is friendly, informative and very helpful. He made our trip by bringing the island to life. Thank you Steve.

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