In the eastern part of the harbour is Shark Island, a perfect place for a picnic or spending a lazy day. There are few amenities on the island – just toilets and picnic shelters. There is a trail that runs most of the way around the island along the shoreline. Along the way you’ll see a few shelters made from the rock overhangs. There are a few shady trees on the island, and ample picnic shelters, including a large one in the centre of the island for large groups.
Bookings are essential, especially since the island can be hired for exclusive use, and access to the island might not be available if you show up at the ferry terminal.
The Aboriginal name for the island is Bo-a-millie or Boambilly.
How to get there: A public ferry service is operated by Captain Cook Cruises. Bookings are essential. Alternatively you can kayak to the island – it is about 1km from Rose Bay to the island. Ferries depart from Pier 26 at Darling Harbour, and Wharf 6 at Circular Quay.
Facilities: 5 picnic tables (covered), 4 picnic tables (uncovered). 1 gazebo Drinking water Toilets No BBQ facilities are available.
Weddings (the island can be booked for exclusive use)
Exploring tidal pools and grottos
Sydney Harbour National Park
Phone: (02) 9253 0880 Ferry Service Captain Cook Cruises, Wharf 6 Circular Quay.
Phone: (02) 9206 1111