Shark Island is located at the mouth of Rose Bay on Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour). Over the last 120 years up until 1975, Shark Island was used as an animal quarantine area, public recreation reserve and naval storage depot. Shark Island is said to have resembled a shark and the shallow waters around it presented a constant danger to shipping, especially with the growth of trade in the early 19th century.
Shark Island offers a picnic experience that’s a little bit different! The island received its name because of its shape and not its wildlife. One kilometre off Rose Bay, the 1.5 Hectare island has spectacular views down the harbour to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
The island presents a danger for shipping due to the shallow waters surrounding it.
Shark Island has a gazebo, large grassed area and a wading beach. A ferry service runs four trips a day out of Circular Quay on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are essential as the island can only cater for up to 500 people at any one time. The island can also be booked for private functions.
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