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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

was once a prison for the worst convicts

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learn about Sydney's history

We took a Captain Cook Cruise to Fort Denison. Cruise price includes access to the National Park although to do a guided tour with a staff member costs extra and also allows... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sue A
Sydney, Australia
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fort Denison is public property and of historical importance to NSW School Students; however, the NSW State Government charges for me- a pensioner - my three school age grandchildren and their mother to visit Fort Denison this July school holidays, cost $157.00: This was for a 6 minute Ferry ride to & from Circular Quay to the Island with a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a Captain Cook Cruise to Fort Denison. Cruise price includes access to the National Park although to do a guided tour with a staff member costs extra and also allows access to the tower (which we didn't do). There is a restaurant there which we didn't try, and I must say the marquee they have for the restaurant... More 

Thank Sue A
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little piece of Australian history is marvellously located in Sydney Harbour. It is a great place to visit. The tours are very good - if you don't know about why this "fort" is in the harbour - the guides will inform you well - and interestingly. It is quite easy to get ferry transport to the Island and it... More 

1 Thank Jeanette M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Had a surprising wonderful lunch on Fort Denison with a party of 17 people. 3 course lunch for was very impressive, would highly recommend dining here. Our whole party found the dining a wonderful experience. The staff could not have been more attentive and pleasant. Beautiful place to dine for that special occasion.

1 Thank Bluepole
Melbourne Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Being Melbourne-ites we were ignorant of Fort Denison’s history. However, our guide was very informative, adding light-hearted banter along the way. Our family group was somewhat spoilt here, as we were the only ones on the tour (benefits of holidaying out-of-peak).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

This place is just great. Location, food, atmosphere, and the staff are just so nice and welcoming. Good advice about all the food. Visiting Sydney, or a local it is a must.

1 Thank Steven G
Zurich, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

We went to Fort Denison on Sat afternoon and at the ticket office in CQ we were told that the 19 AUD ticket (each) covers ferry+national park entry. We got to the Island and we found out that the only part we could visit was the exposition (2 rooms) and the garden....3 badly manteined cannons. An extra 15 AUD tickets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

We joined a tour while waiting for our ferry. The guide took us all over the fort and shared some interesting knowledge of the island and how it came to be. Well worth a visit, and if your hungry you might be lucky enough to get a table at the excellent restaurant also on the island.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The BEST way to enjoy Sydney Harbour is via the Fort Denison Heritage Tour by the N.S.W National Parks which runs daily from Circular Quay Wharf 6 every half hour from 10.30 am. And its only 10 minutes away! There is a 30 minute tour which includes the famous Mortello Tower and stunning 360 degree views of the harbour. I... More 

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Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

No reason required to be on the beautiful Sydney Harbour, but a visit by ferry to Fort Denison is a little extra special. Originally built for fear of a Russian invasion, it now sits as a reminder of our colonial past.

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