Goat Island is a popular destination tucked away in Port Jackson; just a 20-minute drive from Sydney’s CBD.
The island is referred to as Me-mel by the locals and has a rich heritage spanning hundreds of years; home to the Barangaroo and Bennelong traditional communities from many years ago.
Goat Island Tours, Ferry, Camping & Harbour Accommodation, Sydney NSW
One of the island’s key features is Queen’s Magazine – an imposing structure built circa 1830. The structure was put up using sandstone obtained from the eastern part of the island. On completion, it was used to store explosives that were used in the wars that followed.
In addition to The Queen’s Magazine, the island is also home to a barracks, a kitchen and cooperage. In the years that followed, the island featured a water police station and a harbour fire brigade. Goat Island has also served as a shipyard, and more recently, a location for musical concerts and used as a film set film-set for the Australian television series ‘Water Rats’.
To walk back in time and experience the true beauty of this island, take one of the guided tours and explore its rich heritage. These tours are ideal for the whole family, with group bookings available for 20 or more people.
It is important to note that there are no food stalls or cafes on the island, so it’s always a good idea to carry your food. Also, do not litter; instead, take the rubbish with you for later disposal, as the island also has no trash bins. Amenities provided include washrooms and drinking water. The island is not entirely accessible for wheelchair users either.
Goat Island promises an afternoon of fun for the whole family and is worth the trip away from the city. Click on the link below to find top accommodation choices near the island.