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

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A visit through history

A short trip by ferry takes you across the harbour to Fort Dennison or Pinch Gut as it is also known. This place is steeped in history being an unescapable prison that held many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A short trip by ferry takes you across the harbour to Fort Dennison or Pinch Gut as it is also known. This place is steeped in history being an unescapable prison that held many inmates. A informative guided tour and video show outline the history of this unusual prison. Views all around the harbour are spectacular, as looking back over... More 

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KIAMA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

we got a water taxi to fort Denison for dinner under the stars on Friday night 21/3/2015 a marquee was set up there was a good band and a National Parks and Wildlife officer on hand for guided tours. very interesting history and unbelievable views back to the city. we all had a fantastic night.

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Camden, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The view was spectacular, the staff were knowledgeable and friendly, the restaurant was good and the history was amazing.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Fort Denison doesn't seem to be nearly as well known as it should be, but maybe that's part of it's charm. The feeling of being part of a special club starts with having to ask your ferry driver for a special stop to drop you off on your way out of Watson's Bay (or Circular Quay). We arrived (unknowingly) just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Catch the Ferry return from Palm Beach NSw. This trip goes up the river and stops for lunch at Bobbin Head and then returns to Palm Beach around 3.30pm. A great trip, saw lots of sea birds and animals on the shoreline. The Captain gives a commentary on the way up river with history of the area. A great day... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Very small, and dominated by an overbearing restaurant. I went on a harbor cruise tour later than day and found that the commentary and views were plenty sufficient to appreciate the island fort.

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New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I took my children on a tour of Fort Denison - they were excited about seeing the 1 o'clock cannon fired, and I was excited because when I was a girl I'd very occasionally be on a ferry that let a single person off there, and I'd wish it was me getting off in the middle of the harbour! There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Fort Denison & Lunch What a fantastic little trip to do. Only 10 minutes from Circular Quay and you are there. Originally a revered site for the indigenous community, Fort Denison, aka “Pinchgut” became a penal site and then a defence facility to “Protect us from those Russians” It is in the middle of Sydney harbour, about 1 km from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It's hard to believe this was the first line of defense to Sydney! Just a tiny little place with small cannons, it's a stop on the hop-on hop-off ferry and probably a ton of tours. The history is fun, there's a short film and some displays that educate you about how it was formed and why it was important. You... More 

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BRISBANE,AUSTRALIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Just a 10 minute boat ride from Circular Quay but during it as well as from Fort Denison you get the most amazing views of Sydney, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Definitely do this. Easily the best harbour in the world. Take any ferry ride to experience it. Brian

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