Fort Denison Ferry

Inclusions

  • New timetable effective 12Jul18
  • Return rocket ferry between Fort Denison and Circular Quay
  • Entry to Fort Denison
  • Great harbour views
  • Fun for the whole family

Need to know

  • Ferry tickets do not include access to the Martello Tower
  • Valid on Rocket Ferries only 
  • Children (4-15 years) $17 return
  • For Tour Information click More Info below
  • Note there are no catering facilities on Fort Denison
  • Find us under Fort Denison on Tripview
  • OpalPay accepted 
  • Map

Timetable

Note: Fort Denison closed for maintenance until 12Jul18.

Timetable  Download timetable effective 12Jul18

Check Your Date   Special timetables operate on selected dates

Find Us

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Visit the Fort in the middle of Sydney Harbour - a fun and fascinating experience for the whole family. Guided Tours also operate Thu-Sun from Circular Quay. More Info ... 

Situated in the middle of Sydney Harbour, Fort Denison has a fascinating history with stunning harbour views.

  • Sydney Harbour National Park Island (park fees apply)
  • Became known as Pinchgut when the island was used as a convict punishment during early settlement
  • The fort and tower was completed in 1857 and named in 1862 after the Governor of New South Wales from 1855-1861, Sir William Denison
  • One of only two surviving Martello Towers in the Southern hemisphere (access only on guided tours)
  • Parade Ground, Grassy area, Tide Gauge room and Museum audio visual display
  • Firing of the Fort gun at 1pm 

Fort Denison Ferry – Thu-Sun

Includes:

  • Return ferry to Fort Denison from Circular Quay
  • National Park entry fee to Fort Denison (excluding Martello Tower, guided tours & special event entry)
  • Prices: Adult $20, Child (4-15 years) $17, subject to change

Explore the self-guided displays and discover fascinating history by watching the audio visual presentation.

Guided Tour Tickets of the Martello Tower - Thu-Sun

Join a half hour tour of Australia’s only Martello Tower with a NPWS guide and enjoy a magnificent 360 degree view of Sydney and its harbour. Explore the self-guided displays and discover more fascinating history from the audio visual presentation.

Includes:

  • Return ferry to Fort Denison from Circular Quay
  • National Park entry fee to Fort Denison
  • Guided tour of the Martello Tower

Tours Operate

  • Thu-Sun from Circular Quay and Fort Denison - refer the Fort Denison Ferry timetable for details
  • Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, New Years Eve and New Years Day

Prices: Approximately Adults $37.50, Concession $33, Child (4-15 years) $29 and Family (2ad+2ch) $124, subject to change

Bookings: Call Captain Cook Cruises on (02) 9206 1111 or NPWS (02) 9253 0888 / 1300 072 757
Download the Fort Denison Ferry timetable for details

Visitors to Fort Denison are encouraged to spend a few hours exploring the Fort however please ensure you meet your guide at the wharf on Fort Denison at your scheduled tour time.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TOURS

  • There are three sets of narrow stairs in the tower
  • Visitors to Fort Denison are welcome to spend time after the tour exploring the Fort grounds
  • Bookings and prepayment is essential for all tours to guarantee availability
  • Bring sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and water
  • Toilets are available
  • If you have pre-purchased your tour, please bring a copy of your booking confirmation or voucher to exchange for a boarding pass
  • On the day of your tour all passengers must collect boarding passes from Captain Cook Cruises, No.6 Jetty Circular Quay 30 minutes prior to your ferry departure
  • The ferry will depart from Circular Quay Wharf No.6
  • The tour begins on Fort Denison
  • Tours are non-refundable
  • Transfers to an alternative date within a three month period are available if requested 48 hours prior to the date of the original tour date booked 
  • Tours operate regardless of the weather. 
  • Times and prices are subject to change without notice 
  • Maximum 20 passengers per tour

Please note there is no access to grassy area, Tide Gauge Room, Museum etc unless there is a guide on the island. 

IMPORTANT Please note that smoking is not permitted on the Island. Rubbish bins are not provided - please ensure you take all rubbish with you. Penalties may apply for non-compliance.

Ferries do not operate Christmas Day. Special or limited timetables operate on 26 & 31 December, 26 January and selected special events.

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy 

YOUR SAY HARBOUR STORY PREMIUM - The 2 hour cruise around Sydney Harbour was undoubtedly the best harbour tour we have been on. Staff were extremely welcoming and friendly and the 4 individual pre-packaged little cakes were delicious, as was the coffee. Of particular note was the cruise commentator. Her knowledge, humor and clear, distinctive voice made the cruise the best experience. The Captain gave us a wonderful, leisurely tour. The 2 hours on board left more like 3! A perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.  Karen, NSW

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