Sydney Sights


Garden Island

Garden Island Review

Although it's still known as an "island," this promontory was connected with the mainland in 1942. During the 1941–45 War of the Pacific (WWII and a number of preceding conflicts), Australia's largest naval base and dockyard was a frontline port for Allied ships. Part of the naval base is now open to the public. Access, seven days a week, to the site is via ferry from Circular Quay (take the Watsons Bay ferry). Visitors can view the museum (A$5) and picnic on the hill. The Naval Historical Society runs tours to the "secure" section of Garden Island and these must be booked well in advance. The 90-minute tours (A$15) run every Thursday and include morning tea and a video. Bookings are made by calling the society or through the website.

Updated: 01-15-2014

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