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Shark Island Tours

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Shark Island
Shark Island is a 3.5-acre (1.5-hectare) island in the Sydney Harbour National Park that affords sweeping views of Sydney's famous skyline. It’s a popular picnic spot, and visitors can also swim off the sandy beaches and paddle a kayak or other small boat around the shore.

The Basics
Although some sharks do live in the Sydney Harbour area, the island is so-named because it very vaguely resembles the shape of a shark. From the 1830s until around 1900, the island was used as a quarantine station, first for people and then animals. It opened to the public as a park in 1905.

While it’s possible to visit independently with your own vessel, most travelers will find it more convenient to join a guided tour or ferry over to Shark Island. Active travelers can join a kayak tour of Sydney Harbor, or for a more relaxed experience, there are hop-on hop-off ferry tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There’s an entry fee to the island, but kids aged four and under are free.
  • It’s important to check whether there is a fire ban in place around Sydney’s parks before heading to Shark Island. The environment here is susceptible to fire, and even something as small as a cigarette spark could lead to catastrophic damage.
  • There’s no wheelchair access on Shark Island.
  • There are basic facilities on the island: picnic tables, a gazebo for shade, a toilet, and drinking water. There are no trash cans, so pack everything out with you.
How to Get There
If you have access to a kayak or small boat, you can paddle to the island yourself, although private vessels aren’t allowed to moor on the island. Alternatively, join a guided tour that includes activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking, or jump on a hop-on hop-off ferry around Sydney Harbour, stopping at Shark Island. 

When to Get There
Shark Island is open every day of the week between sunrise and sunset. Late spring through to early autumn is a good time to visit, as you can cool down in the sea breezes and by swimming off shore. It’s particularly good to visit Shark Island when there's a boating event happening in the harbor, such as late December's annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Visit Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island is another small island in Sydney Harbour that’s worthy of a day trip. The island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was used as a penal settlement from 1839, and is one of the best surviving examples of convict transportation and forced labor in Australia. During odd-numbered years it also hosts art and installations of the Biennale of Sydney art festival.
Address: Shark Island, Point Piper, New South Wales, Australia
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Shark Island

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Sunrise Sydney Harbour Sea Kayak Tour4WD Tours

Sunrise Sydney Harbour Sea Kayak Tour

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Wake up early for a kayak tour from Rose Bay with sunrise views of Sydney Harbour. Paddle with a friend on a double sit-on-top kayak and get a good look at landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Shark Island. The kayaks are stable and easy to use, and the tour is suitable for all levels of experience. Paddling instruction and use of equipment are provided.
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Bondi Beach High-Speed Offshore Thrill RideJet Boating

Bondi Beach High-Speed Offshore Thrill Ride

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Combine Sydney sightseeing with a white-knuckle speedboat ride on this 1-hour high-speed cruise to Bondi Beach. Feel a surge of adrenaline as you zoom along the coast and reach speeds of up to 100kmph, traveling on-board Sydney's fastest commercial vessel. Set out from Circular Quay; pass landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Lady Macquaries Chair; then zip around Shark Island and along the famous sands of Bondi Beach.
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Sydney Speed Boat AdventuresJet Boating

Sydney Speed Boat Adventures

Instead of watching Sydney’s harbor from the window of a crowded tourist ferry, take your harbor sightseeing into your own hands with this private speedboat adventure. Take control of a zippy red speedboat and race around the harbor, seeing sights like Fort Denison, the Harbor Bridge and the iconic Sydney Opera House. With an experienced speedboat guide by your side, enjoy the freedom of captaining your own boat without the risk getting lost or losing control.
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Sydney Harbour Discovery Cruise Including LunchDay Cruises

Sydney Harbour Discovery Cruise Including Lunch

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See Sydney Harbour the way it's meant to be seen: From the water. This lunch cruise passes by such world-famous sites as the Sydney Opera House as well as such hidden gems as secluded beaches and sandstone cliffs. You'll also visit one of Sydney Harbour National Park’s protected islands and get the chance to swim at a hidden beach. On board, enjoy a delicious barbecue buffet lunch.
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Sydney’s Tall Ship Sailing Adventure on James CraigSailing

Sydney’s Tall Ship Sailing Adventure on James Craig

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Sail around Sydney on the impeccably restored ‘James Craig’ — an authentic square-rigged ship that offers sailing adventures only twice per month. Morning tea, picnic lunch and afternoon tea are all included during your 6-hour cruise (afternoon tea and coffee included for the 5-hour adventure), which details fascinating stories from your ship's history and Sydney's maritime past. Embark on a lovely route around Sydney Harbour that goes past Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House before venturing into the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Choose to sail for five or six hours on this must-do Sydney experience.
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Sunset Sydney Harbour Sea Kayak Tour4WD Tours

Sunset Sydney Harbour Sea Kayak Tour

Escape the crowds that surround Sydney’s top landmarks on a sunset kayak tour that reveals the world-famous harbor from a different perspective. As well as exploring at the most magical time of day, you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide in a small group limited to only 16 other travelers.
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Sydney Speed Boat Adventure Harbour TourPorts of Call Tours

Sydney Speed Boat Adventure Harbour Tour

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IF BOOKING MORE THAN ONE BOAT MAKE SEPARATE RESERVATIONS FOR EACH BOAT. Experience the adventure of a lifetime on our Speed Boat Adventure Tour®. Navigate and captain your own red speedboat for the entirety of the tour while following our trained and knowledgeable guides to experience the best of both worlds - the THRILL of driving your own speedboat, and the safety of having a skilled guide leading you around Sydney Harbour. See The Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Taronga Zoo, and more. See them from a whole new perspective that simply cannot be matched by big sight-seeing vessels.
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Sydney Harbour Beaches Lunch CruiseDay Cruises

Sydney Harbour Beaches Lunch Cruise

This small-group luxury yacht tour is the comfortable way to see the sights of beautiful Sydney Harbour. Pass iconic Sydney landmarks like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Luna Park, and also spend some time at Camp Cove. Disembark and go for a swim, if you like, or a stroll on the beach. Whether you’re a first-time or repeat visitor to Sydney, this is a great way to spend a day enjoying the sights.
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45 Minute Extreme Adrenaline Rush Ride Jet Boating

45 Minute Extreme Adrenaline Rush Ride

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Experience what jet boating is all about on Australia's most exciting Jet Boat! Get ready to hold on tight as the 'Thunder' opens up with amazing stunts and wild spins through Sydney Harbour.
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