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Fort Denison Island

Address: Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 02 9247 5033
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Ranked #88 of 272 Attractions in Sydney
Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: was once a prison for the worst convicts
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Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: was once a prison for the worst convicts
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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340 reviews 340 reviews
137 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Fort Denison is a very interesting historical site in the middle of Sydney Harbour. The tour guide from NSW National Parks was very informative. This is an additional charge organised through the NSW National Park website and includes the cost of the trip to the island with Captain Cook Cruises. You can opt to book through Captain Cook Cruises and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A short ferry trip out of Sydney harbour takes you to Fort Denison where on a sunny day you can experience the fabulous views all-around and back towards the bridge and the opera house. The history of this small island is fascinating which you can discover through the wonderful visitor centre. The Martello tower has an interesting history which the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We had a wonderful time on the island - easy access via a Captain Cook ferry from Circular Quay. The mini museum has some great information. It is worth doing the tour of the tower even though there was an additional cost to do it. The National Parks staff person was very knowledgeable. The views back to Sydney Harbour Bridge... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Pick a stunning Sydney day and buy yourself a couple of tickets to Fort Denison on Sydney Harbour from Captain Cook Cruises at circular quay (ferries leave every 45 minutes) and within minutes you will be sitting on a tiny fort in the middle of Sydney harbor looking back towards the Opera House, the City, the Bridge and the surrounds.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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216 reviews 216 reviews
44 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I took my 11 year old son here and when we arrived i was concerned we were going to be very bored for the next 1 1/2 hours before our lunch booking @ 1pm. We explored by ourselves for a while and then decided to book in for a tour of the Martello tower. While we waited the 20 minutes... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Wherever you are in the Sydney Harbour, you can't miss this tiny island. try to find time and visit it. not only for spectacular views, or fabulous lunch, or dinner, or short walk around Museum, but also for an excursion to the Martello tower. you won't regret it. charming and very knowledgeable lady-guide will fascinate you with the historical facts,... More 

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Buderim, Australia
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262 attraction reviews
312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were the only tourists initially on the island and had a great time exploring the small island. we didn't bother to go and have a look at the tower as you get an idea of what it is all about when you watch a 10min video on the island's history

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