Your experience starts before you even get to the island – as it can only be reached by boat!
Fort Denison is a short five-minute skip across the harbour from wharfs at Circular Quay, Luna Park, Kirribilli, Woolloomooloo, Cremorne Point and Elizabeth Bay. The island is best reached by ferry and water taxi, as Fort Denison wharf is not publicly accessible and mooring facilities are not available for private boats.
Captain Cook Cruises operates a regular ferry service from both Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. Tickets include a return ferry journey and Fort Denison park entry fees*.
Pier 26, Darling Harbour every 45 minutes from 9.30am
No.6 Jetty, Circular Quay every 45 minutes from 9.45am
Please visit Captain Cook Cruises website for the latest ferry schedules and to purchase tickets.
*Fees collected by the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services for the preservation and maintenance of the island. Fees do not include access to the Martello Tower and guided tours.
A water taxi is the fastest way to reach the island.
Water taxi companies with a licence to visit the wharf at Fort Denison include:
H20 Water Taxi – 1300 426 829
Aussie Water Taxi – 9211 7730
Yellow Water Taxi – 1300 138 840
Water taxis are permitted drop off/pick up between 10:45am and 3:30pm daily. Access to Fort Denison outside this period needs to be arranged with TE Catering (see CONTACT US).
* All water taxi passengers will need to pay a $7 per person landing fee on the island at the restaurant/café