Fort Denison Ferry

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 


  • 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


NoteFort Denison closed for maintenance until further notice.

Timetable  Download timetable

Check Your Date   Special timetables operate on selected dates

Car Parking  Please check your date for road closures 

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