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Goat Island

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Goat Island

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nick164 wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia2,006 contributions560 helpful votes
Our guide was excellent - friendly and knowledgeable. We toured the island at an easy pace, exploring the various uses of the island over the years from early settlement til present day. It really does have a fascinating history (similar to Cockatoo Island, in that regard). Book online via the National Parks & Wildlife Service website (tours only run a few times per month). Your ticket price includes the ferry to/from Circular Quay.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Lesley V wrote a review Dec 2019
73 contributions29 helpful votes
A great place to explore. The ride on the ferry on Sydney Harbour on a sunny day is heaven. There are cafes on the island to buy food and drink but prices are a bit expensive.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Therese N wrote a review Jan 2019
Wollongong, Australia124 contributions33 helpful votes
As a person who loves Sydney’s colonial history and our colonial architecture, I am mortally ashamed that I didn’t realise the significance of this heritage site until a few days ago. It was established both as a convict settlement and a quarry in 1836. It is choke full of history and colonial buildings, which include a large sandstone warehouse used to store gunpowder. Not all the beautiful buildings date from that time though. There is, for instance, the old Harbour Masters residence, built in 1902 or 1904. Tragically it is too fragile now to allow public access. In fact, access to the island is via ferry from Wharf 6 at Circular Quay. I purchased an adult ticket, $37.50, online and it included the return, short, ferry trip and a one and a half hour guided tour of,the island and its absolutely wonderful history. I can’t adequately describe how thrilling this excursion was. I went with a large group on a Sunday, making a total of 25 tourists. I will go back and hope for a smaller crowd. As I look online, it appears tours are only on Sundays and Thursday’s.but not every Sunday and only one Thursday a month. I highly recommend this outing.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Robert r wrote a review Dec 2018
Melbourne, Australia1,550 contributions70 helpful votes
Goat Island is one of Sydney Harbour's Islands open to the public. The best way to explore the Island is to take the National Parks Wildlife Service Heritage Tour. For available dates check the Parks Service bookings can be made online. The Island has a convict heritage, ship building and also the first Water Police station. Highlights include the Queen's Magazine building which stored gunpowder. Also some sets from the TV series Water Rats.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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helen w wrote a review Dec 2018
Sydney, Australia11 contributions2 helpful votes
Boarded a tall ship, had a glass of bubbly, then toured the harbour headed to Goat Island and had a guided tour of the Island. The tour is very interesting and fun.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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