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Published March 3rd 2015
In my previous article, 5 Islands to Visit in Sydney, I listed the major islands you should visit around our beautiful city. However, the ones I recommended probably came as no surprise and you might have known about them already.
This article features some of the other options you have, that you might never have thought of visiting. Most can be found further afield than just Sydney Harbour too.
1. Rodd Island
Located in Sydney Harbour, but towards the west, Rodd Island is a place to go for picnics and has both tables and toilets, as well as gardens. It's in Iron Cove, off Birkenhead Point. Bookings are necessary, whether you just want to a picnic or perhaps have your wedding here, and transport should be organised through one of these operators. Entry costs $7.00.
2. Dangar Island Dangar Island is located in the Hawkesbury River, just north of Brooklyn, and is home to a small community of only a few hundred people. Visitors can visit the cafe, play bowls, or take a walk around the island (on the way you will see the remains of an Aboriginal midden). Ferries run from Brooklyn throughout the day.
3. Clark Island Clark Island is less than a hectare in size and another place just made for picnics, surrounded by amazing views of the harbour. Facilities include tables and flushing toilets, and when you're not eating, there are trails to explore. A visit has to be booked in advance but the island is open every day from sunrise to sunset. You will find it off the tip of Darling Point. Again, entry costs $7.00 (Rodd Island and Clark Island are both part of Sydney Harbour National Park).
Milson Island is home to the Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre. Its facilities include a swimming pool, courts, adventure activities like abseiling and kayaking, a picnic area and lots more. The place even offers accommodation so you can stay overnight. Access to the island is by ferry from Kangaroo Point of Brooklyn.
5. Scotland Island A place to visit for a few days perhaps, more than a day trip, this Pittwater island is home to a relaxed community, and one of only two islands that people actually live on. A ferry runs regularly from Church Point throughout the day. The entire place is residential however, with no cafes or shops. There are two parks, but an on-foot exploration is the most popular activity for visitors.
To check out my original must-see island recommendations, click here.