Goat Island is located in Sydney Harbour, west of the Harbour Bridge between McMahons Point and Balmain.
- Sydney Harbour National Park Island (park fees apply)
- A prominent 5 acre island in Sydney Harbour with little vegetation
- During its past it has been
- a gunpowder store
- the source of the sandstone used in some of Sydney's finest buildings
- the headquarters for the Sydney Water Police who kept an eye out for smugglers and escaped convicts
- The stone quarried by convict labour was used to create the magazine walls which are so thick, the temperature inside remains steady year round
- Relics of Goat Island's convict origins can be seen including a seat carved out of stone by Charles Anderson who was sentenced to be tied to the rock for two years
- Scratchings made in the guardhouse by bored sentries are also in excellent condition
Join an NPWS Discovery guide on a fascinating tour of historic Goat Island. Learn the Aboriginal name for Goat Island, explore the convict quarry and visit one of the first water police stations in Sydney.
Venture inside the Queens magazine, built in 1836 to store large amounts of explosive gunpower, right in the middle of our harbour. You'll see the convicts' cramped sleeping quarters and learn what their lives were like on the island. What sort of food did they eat? What punishments did they endure? You'll also get an insight into the lives of the soldiers who watched over them.
If you're a fan of the Aussie television drama Water Rats, you'll also enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at some of the remaining film sets. And finally, bring your camera because Goat Island boasts captivating views of Barangaroo, Balmain and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
For more information visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service