Goat Island
Goat Island
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Goat Island is a small island in Sydney Harbor, It was established in 1836, where it was used to house convicts and to quarry stone. Goat Island has some interesting relics. It also has a cafe, where you can get a cup of coffee and something to eat. Goat Island can be reached by ferry from Circular Quay, which includes a tour of the island. Goat Island is a small, but interesting island, it's worth a trip
Written 7 July 2022
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nick164
Sydney, Australia2,378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Our guide was excellent - friendly and knowledgeable. We toured the island at an easy pace, exploring the various uses of the island over the years from early settlement til present day. It really does have a fascinating history (similar to Cockatoo Island, in that regard).

Book online via the National Parks & Wildlife Service website (tours only run a few times per month). Your ticket price includes the ferry to/from Circular Quay.
Written 4 January 2020
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Lesley V
Sydney, Australia109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
A great place to explore. The ride on the ferry on Sydney Harbour on a sunny day is heaven. There are cafes on the island to buy food and drink but prices are a bit expensive.
Written 31 December 2019
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Therese N
Wollongong, Australia121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
As a person who loves Sydney’s colonial history and our colonial architecture, I am mortally ashamed that I didn’t realise the significance of this heritage site until a few days ago.
It was established both as a convict settlement and a quarry in 1836. It is choke full of history and colonial buildings, which include a large sandstone warehouse used to store gunpowder.
Not all the beautiful buildings date from that time though. There is, for instance, the old Harbour Masters residence, built in 1902 or 1904. Tragically it is too fragile now to allow public access.

In fact, access to the island is via ferry from Wharf 6 at Circular Quay. I purchased an adult ticket, $37.50, online and it included the return, short, ferry trip and a one and a half hour guided tour of,the island and its absolutely wonderful history.

I can’t adequately describe how thrilling this excursion was. I went with a large group on a Sunday, making a total of 25 tourists. I will go back and hope for a smaller crowd.

As I look online, it appears tours are only on Sundays and Thursday’s.but not every Sunday and only one Thursday a month.

I highly recommend this outing.
Written 9 January 2019
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Robert r
Melbourne, Australia1,505 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Goat Island is one of Sydney Harbour's Islands open to the public. The best way to explore the Island is to take the National Parks Wildlife Service Heritage Tour. For available dates check the Parks Service bookings can be made online. The Island has a convict heritage, ship building and also the first Water Police station. Highlights include the Queen's Magazine building which stored gunpowder. Also some sets from the TV series Water Rats.
Written 14 December 2018
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helen w
Sydney, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Boarded a tall ship, had a glass of bubbly, then toured the harbour headed to Goat Island and had a guided tour of the Island. The tour is very interesting and fun.
Written 11 December 2018
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Bouncy_Kiwi
Melbourne, Australia65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
If you can get there (restricted access) , Goat Island has great views and a lot of history. Our tour as part of the 3 islands tour was excellent- would recommend if planning to visit Goat Island.
Goat Island was also the setting for the TV series ”Water Rats“.
Written 24 January 2018
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neminskii
Singapore, Singapore1,033 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
I joined a Tall Ships Convicts, Castles and Champagnes cruise which included a walking tour on Goat Island. The guide explained the interesting history behind the island and brought us around to see the views. There was a stage which was set up for the Foo Fighters to have their concert in 2011 with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. Other than that there is really nothing on this island. The houses are unihabited. In fact, I peered through an open window which looked into a kitchen. There was a pepper shaker on the table, dishes in the dish drainer and kitchen towels in the wall dispenser, as though people used to live here and then left in a hurry.

If not for the accompanying cruise on the tall ship, I would find the island very boring actually. Cruise - 4 stars. Goat Island itself - 3 stars.
Written 16 January 2018
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Andrew Y
Sydney, Australia433 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Up front - the views are worth the tour. You will love the views of the harbour, barangaroo and the boat ride over o captain cook ferries. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

However, there is a lot of potential here not being taken advantage of. The island should be open for over night stays, with a restaurants and bar. Further, the buildings in some places are in dire need of repair and attention. It is a shame to see this in a nation so rich as ours and I hope the NSW state government one day realizes the value in investing in our nations past. Three stars purely for this point.
Written 15 June 2017
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kerrisingleton1
Sydney, Australia44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
We embarked on the authentic old ferry Wangi Queen for a lovely cruise around secluded parts of the harbour while we ate our prepared lunch of chicken tortillas.
Disembarked at Goat Island which has restricted access, for an interesting hour tour with Craig, our guide. The cruise back to Circular Quay was great fun with Craig singing us a few Aussie songs accompanied by his ukulele on the back deck of the Wangi Queen with the champagne flowing. A great day for all ages.
Written 22 May 2017
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