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Shark Island

Shark Island

Shark Island is a beautiful 1.5-hectare island that sits in Sydney Harbour; right near the Sydney CBD.

The island was initially known as ‘Boambilly’ by the local Aboriginal community; however, its current name was inspired by the island’s shape that resembles that of a shark.

Shark Island Sydney Harbour, History, Ferry, NYE & How To Get There

Select parts of the island have been preserved for use as a recreation reserve, before being converted to a quarantine station, and finally a naval depot. Today, the island is used exclusively as a recreation reserve.

Shark Island can easily be accessed by ferry services provided by Captain Cook Cruises, or visitors can take a kayak to reach the island. Note that fees are payable upon your arrival. To access the ferry, make your way to Circular Quay on jetty six, as well as Darling Harbour on pier 26. Whichever mode of transport you prefer, nothing should stop you from enjoying this scenic location.

Due to its relatively small size, you can easily explore the island in its entirety. Its lush grounds are a perfect location for enjoying picnics. There are sheltered areas too where families can enjoy a quiet picnic on a lazy afternoon, but note that there are no BBQs on the island. There are, however, flush toilets and drinking water located on Shark Island.

Take in the stunning views of the harbour from the spacious gazebo as the kids run around the island. Depending on when you visit the island, you may be lucky enough to catch the beginning of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Make sure you discover an array of tide pool creatures as you explore the foreshore. The grottos, which were constructed by hand in the early 20th century, are a fascinating inclusion within the island. Shark Island is open daily, but bookings must be made in advance.

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