Fort Denison

Fort Denison information

Sydney , Australia
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ferry & tour adult/child $38/29
Opening hours
tours 10.45am, 12.15pm & 2.30pm
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Called Mat-te-wan-ye (rocky island) by the Cadigal people, in colonial times the small fortified island off Mrs Macquaries Pt was a sorry site of suffering used to isolate recalcitrant convicts (nicknamed ‘Pinchgut’ for its meagre rations). Fears of a Russian invasion during the mid-19th-century Crimean War led to its fortification. It now has a cafe.

Captain Cook Cruises runs ferries to the island from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay about seven times a day, but to access the Martello tower you'll need to prebook a tour through the NPWS, based at Cadman's Cottage .