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  • Address: Goat Island Sydney Harbour National Park
This rocky 13-hectare island in the heart of Port Jackson is as rich in history as it is in sandstone. Once home to an explosives store and later a convict stockade, Goat Island has housed the Sydney Water Police and even served as a film set. What originally served as a destination for some of the nation’s biggest criminals (who were forced to labor in the massive quarries), is now part of Sydney Harbour National Park.

Popular walking tours guide travelers around this much-storied island, with stops at the Queens powder magazine (where ammunition was once stored) and at the old convict quarry and sleeping quarters. Learn about life on Goat Island, the punishments endured by prisoners and their attempts to escape.

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Travelers can take the Sydney and Matilda ferries to Goat Island or join a historic walking tour. Be sure to pack a camera, since views from Goat Island are some of the best in Sydney Harbour.

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Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Discover Sydney’s colorful convict history and take in the sites of Sydney Harbour aboard an authentic tall ship. Travel to Goat Island, where you'll learn ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.30
$118.35 Save $55.05

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