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Published April 28th 2014
Fancy your own private island right here in Sydney?
This is a magnificent island, named after it's shape when viewed aerially, which apparently resembles a shark. Located at the eastern aspect of the Harbour between the Harbour bridge and the entrance to the Harbour, it can be found offshore of Sydney suburb Point Piper, Rose Bay, and Vaucluse.
Only about 250 metres by 100 metres, standing on the island, one can almost see from one end to the other. It literally feels like ones own private island. And that too, right here in Sydney itself. Especially as there are usually hardly ever any people on it - both times I have been there our group has been the only ones on the island.
Enjoy absolutely stunning views of the city over the water including the Harbour bridge and the Opera House. It's not too far that you cannot appreciate the entire city skyline - only about 1.5 kilometres off Rose Bay.
It's best enjoyed during the day however. The island doesn't have any lighting in the evenings if so it would be minimal. It might be difficult to engage in games or sport on the island as it is quite uneven.
Between 1880 and 1975, the island was used as a naval depot, animal quarantine and public recreation reserve. Now, the island is absolutely fantastic for family picnics, or a day out with friends. It own oils eye best enjoyed in sunny or mostly sunny weather. Wedding ceremonies or special events can also take place, up to 500 guests, however loud music played over the amplifier is not permitted as it transmits back to the city and disturbs the surroundings. PA systems are however allowed. Please see the website for more details and bookings.
Easily accessed via ferry or taxi from Circular Quay train station, Shark Island has a gazebo right in the middle of the island, rocky foreshore and sandy beaches as well as benches and shaded areas to relax, unwind and picnic. There is a small path around the island where one can literally encircle and walk around the entire perimeter of the island which is quite a fantastic experience as you can view all aspects of the island as well as beyond over the water. There is also a white lighthouse at the northern end of the island.