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Was Once A Prison For The Worst Convicts
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Reviewed 7 June 2019

Unfortunately, it was closed when we visited Sydney due to refurbishment and conservation works. We could therefore only view it from a ferry as we passed. It can however also be seen from the nearby Royal Botanical Gardens. It was built in 1857 as a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Onleaveagain
Reviewed 12 April 2019

Fort Denison is open for tours between Thursday and Sunday. Talk with the Captain Cook folks about what tours are available and how much they cost. We think there may be a tour up to the tower which costs extra. We like to bring our...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed 25 February 2019

We traveled past this old fort several times during our stay in Sydney. It has quite an interesting history from being a prison to military fort to restaurant. It was originally just a rock Island. Sadly the fort is currently closed for renovations until late...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank midwaytoheaven
Reviewed 20 February 2019

When Arthur Philip was Governor of the penal settlement of New South Wales, Fort Denison was known as Rock Island. Philip used it to discipline convicts who had disobeyed orders or other breeches of discipline. The earliest recording is of Thomas Hill who was shackled...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank David B
Reviewed 12 February 2019

This little island in the middle of Sydney Harbour still fascinates all those who pass it by on the ferries that service various destinations within the vast Sydney Harbour. It was used as a prison for the particularly violent prisoners who had been shipped out...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank WilliamB826
Reviewed 27 January 2019 via mobile

A very unique place to visit ,best location lots of history.I really enjoyed hearing all the stories ,seeing the 3 cannons & just being out in the middle of the worlds best harbour .

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank raineyday1712
Reviewed 26 January 2019

The island was used as a type of prison until construction of the fort started in 1841 and was not completede. With concerns of a Russian invasion at the time of the Crimean War around 1855 work started again and the fort was completed in...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 23 December 2018

You had to be a REALLY bad person in order to get sent here. But nowadays, thankfully, this is a peaceful and harmless little island. You can either enjoy its view from the beach or from the ferry or get a guided tour of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TheShis
Reviewed 19 July 2018

Sadly now the restaurant has closed, but this was an absolute must to do when visiting Sydney - couldn't beat that view!!!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jeff H
Reviewed 17 April 2018

Don't go without taking the tour, or you won't see or understand the best parts. Not that it's not interesting to be there, but there much more to see and understand once inside the tower. The guide was excellent and helpful, and able to answer...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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