Garden Island is the Royal Australian Naval Base – East, and as a secure area requires specific arrangements for our Society tours. Extensive modernisation of the Base is underway limiting access in some areas. The Northern End of Garden Island (called The Hill) is accessible to the public only on Sundays.
- Our guided tours are limited to 30 people – for ease of hearing and to ensure visitor involvement.
- The tour is run once a month on a Sunday and takes about 90 minutes including an introductory briefing.
- Weather – The tour goes ahead rain, hail or shine. Bring your own wet-weather gear.
- Mobility – There is walking involved and some stairs. Tour group members need to be relatively mobile. There are limited disability facilities.
- Sensible footwear – Sensible footwear is a must.
- Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bottled water – The tour is outdoors. Come prepared, even if the weather is overcast.
Ferry for Garden Island departs Circular Quay at 9.50am on Sunday. Trains, bus and ferries provide easy access to the Quay.
At Circular Quay your group should ensure that they are assembled in good time at the right wharf to catch the 9.50am ferry since the ferry to Garden Island runs once per hour. However, if one of your party misses the ferry they can easily catch the next ferry and catch up with the group.
After the Tour
The tour finishes at the Navy Heritage Centre at 11.45am. Here you are welcome to inspect the extensive Naval heritage collection on a self-guided tour. The Heritage Centre closes at 3.30pm on Sundays.
Ferries returning to Circular Quay are one per hour with the last ferry on Sunday being at 4.29pm.
Please note: While smoking is not forbidden, we would seek visitor’s cooperation in considering others on the tour.