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Rodd Island

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Published July 27th 2010
If you want to picnic somewhere that's pretty, historic and little-known, look no further than Rodd Island.

Situated on the Parramatta River near Iron Cove Bridge, it formerly hosted a Pasteur Institute laboratory (1888-94), a dance studio (1894-1900) and an American army base (1944-45). Curiously, it was also once home to Sarah Bernhardt's dogs (1891).

Since 1982, however, this wee slice of uninhabited land has been part of the Sydney Harbour National Park, and used as a place of relaxation.

As well as affording views of the water, the bridge and the suburbs of Drummoyne, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Rodd Point and Russell Lea, the island has several old buildings to inspect: the dance hall, a gazebo and a couple of houses. Plus, there are tracks to stroll, along with quiet spots where you can lie down and spread out a hamper.

Roddy contains toilets, drinking water and two picnic tables. Alcohol is allowed, but pets aren't. The only way to get there is by private vessel, water taxi or with one of these licensed operators.
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Why? Nothing shines brighter than a hidden gem
When: Daily, 8am to 5pm (8pm during daylight saving)
Where: Rodd Island, Iron Cove
Cost: Park fee is $7 (plus any boat fee you may incur)
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