You may well be wondering what an earth Fort Denison in Sydney really is. Sounds historic, right? Well, that’s because it is. It’s a historic fort on an island in Sydney Harbour, and was called Pinchgut once upon a time. Due to its location, this also means it has some of the best views of Sydney in the entire city. You can only imagine how in demand it must be for the New Year’s Eve fireworks! Fort Denison was once under attack from US friendly fire during World War II, and to this day it has a museum with canons and a gun powder. It’s also home to Australia’s only Martello Tower, and has served as the home of several Sydney families. What a place to live!
Arriving at Fort Denison, Sydney
Fort Denison is accessible by Captain Cook Cruises or by private water taxi. As you’ll pull in, you’ll see the most amazing views.
Arrive at Fort Denison just before 1pm to witness the cannon go off. It’s surprisingly scary! Back in the early twentieth century, this daily cannon was to signify to sailors that they need to set their ships to the correct time. It’s important to mark Fort Denison’s history, given that it’s had a varied past, from being a fishing hub to a weather station, to a tide gauge station. It’s previous name of Pinchgut was said to have been given because convicts sentenced on the island were given barely any bread or water.
Fort Denison is also the home to a pretty awesome yet hidden gem of a restaurant.
Fort Denison Restaurant, Sydney
There aren’t too many restaurants you can eat in in Sydney with such impeccable views of the city. Although currently closed due to refurbishments, it promises to be back in 2019 with a new operator.
During our visit, due to time constraints, we had a quick pot of tea. I’d love to come back and dine here properly though, maybe on New Year’s Eve one year! Even the teapots were pretty.
After a lovely time spent enjoying those epic views, we had to get ready to head back to the airport.
Leaving Sydney, Australia
We had to collect our suitcases from the apartment ready for the airport. We then took a quick pitstop at Opera Bar, to grab some food and drinks before our 23 hour flight back to the UK.
Each of us took in our last glimpses of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, even if it was in cloudy weather. It was hard to believe our trip was already over. Luckily enough, we caught one last Sydney sunset before having to catch a taxi to the airport.
And that’s a wrap on our wonderful visit to Australia. It’s been an absolute pleasure, and I have memories to last a lifetime. A true delight, and I can’t wait to come back to see you again soon. But for now, a 23 hour plane journey home is calling out for me! Over and out.
Have you dined at Fort Denison? Where are your favourite restaurants in Sydney? And what are your favourite memories of the city? I miss it already.