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Fort Denison Island

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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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$175*
and up
Sydney Attraction Pass: Darling Harbour Experience Ticket

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Long overdue visit...

My partner & I have said for years we should go to Fort Denison. We are born Sydneysiders and had never been. I purchased a gift certificate for the restaurant as a Christmas... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Kaye W
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Adelaide, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I came here with a couple of friends while celebrating her birthday in Sydney. What a little gem of a place. A short ferry ride out from Darling Harbour. It didn't take long at all to get there. We had booked in for lunch but arrived an hour early. The views are stunning and we kept ourselves happily occupied. After... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I throughly enjoyed fort Denison with all the history behind the fort and even before the fort as it used to be called pinch gut from early Australia days I would say it's a must visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

My partner & I have said for years we should go to Fort Denison. We are born Sydneysiders and had never been. I purchased a gift certificate for the restaurant as a Christmas present so we would have to go... last Sunday we finally made it.. booked the ferry from the quay, booked the tour of the tower, made lunch... More 

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Australia
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143 reviews 143 reviews
36 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
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
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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