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Garden Island Tours and Activities

Garden Island
When Sydney’s original European settlers arrived in Sydney Harbor, they sustained themselves by planting a garden here at Garden Island. Today, after land was reclaimed and filled in with rocks, Garden Island is now a point that juts out into the harbor, and houses the Royal Australian Navy’s eastern fleet of ships. During World War II, a Japanese mini sub infiltrated the harbor and sank an Australian ship—resulting in the death of 21 sailors from the Australian and British navies. Much more history is outlined in depth at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Center—a fascinating museum here on Pott’s Point that’s a must for history or war buffs. Once finished perusing the Heritage Center, which is fantastically free of charge, take a stroll through the gardens and grounds that are hidden behind the museum, where BBQ grills and views of the harbor make the perfect spot for a picnic. From the elevated viewing platform behind the museum, it’s possible to see the Harbor Bridge as well as the Sydney Opera House, and the view stretches all the way out to the heads and the mouth of Sydney Harbor.

Practical Info

Garden Island is accessible by ferry from multiple points across Sydney. The most popular route is along the line to Watson’s Bay, departing from Circular Quay, where Garden Island is the first stop after leaving the downtown docks. The RAN Heritage Center is open daily from 9:30am-3:30pm, with the exception of various holidays. Since part of the peninsula is closed to the public, access is only by ferry.
Address: Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Hours: The RAN Heritage Center is open from 9:30am-3:30pm, and ferries only dock on the island during the museum’s opening hours.
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Garden Island

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Sydney Speed Boat Adventure Harbour Tour

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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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.16
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$83.16
Price varies by group size

Secret Sydney Lunch Cruise with 3 Beach Stops

Secret Sydney Lunch Cruise with 3 Beach Stops

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See more of Sydney Harbour with the benefit of a small-group cruise that includes lunch and three beach stops. Taste typical Aussie fare during your lunch at the popular Beach Club in Watsons Bay, and have afternoon tea at the historical Quarantine Station. Access beaches and other locales that other tours miss, and hear live commentary about landmarks such as Fort Denison, Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$225.86
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Sydney Harbour Boat Tour with Unique Beach Landings and Local Guide

Sydney Harbour Boat Tour with Unique Beach Landings and Local Guide

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See Sydney highlights from the water on this scenic harbor tour. Over the course of the morning, cruise from Darling Harbour past landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See Watsons Bay, penguins, North Head Quarantine Station, and lovely waterside homes. Stop at local beaches to swim and explore before your return to Darling Harbour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.16
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Private Sunset Cruise on Sydney Harbour for up to Six Guests

Private Sunset Cruise on Sydney Harbour for up to Six Guests

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Experience top-grade views of Sydney Harbour in style on this private deluxe sunset cruise. Prebook to secure your trip on your chosen day, and board your comfortable personal vessel with a skipper at the helm. Then, savor unobstructed views of Sydney’s skyline, Opera House, bridge, and waterfronts as they change color with the setting sun; all as you enjoy Australian sparkling wine and a gourmet cheese, cracker, and fruit hamper.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$633.21
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$633.21
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Private Icons and Highlights Cruise of Sydney Harbour

Private Icons and Highlights Cruise of Sydney Harbour

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Get out into the Sydney Harbour for a relaxing private cruise on a luxury vessel. Leave the planning to your guide, so you can relax and take in this picturesque city, no matter how limited your time. Learn about the iconic Harbour Bridge and famous Sydney Opera House as you enjoy the breeze and sip sparkling wine.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$641.77
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Garden Island hours of operation?
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Garden Island hours of operation: The RAN Heritage Center is open from 9:30am-3:30pm, and ferries only dock on the island during the museum’s opening hours.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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