Located 2km to the North-West of Sydney CBD at the Potts Point in Sydney Harbor, the Garden Island is an inner city accommodating a major base of the Royal Australian Navy. The Garden Island was originally a detached island used for governing and naval purposes. A dry dock in the early 1940’s was constructed in the channel between the island and the mainland, and so the base was extended with the island now connected to the mainland.
The history of the Garden Island goes as far as first European settlement in Sydney, where it was inhabited by the first European community. It served as a kitchen garden by then, to provide supply to the kitchen of the officers and crew of a First Fleet vessel named HMS Sirius. In 1811, the ownership of the Garden Island transferred to the Governor of Sydney.
Today, the Garden Island holds a significant role in the operations of the Fleet Base East of the Royal Australian Navy. Inside the island, there’s an active dockyard – which includes the Captain Cook Graving Dock, a naval heritage museum and an outdoor heritage precinct. The latter two, which are located in the Northern tip of the island are open to the public for visiting. It’s an incredible attraction in the city, often underestimated, but will give you a clear picture of the naval history of the RAN. The Garden Island also offers a spectacular view of the city. If hungry, stop at the cafe in the museum to enjoy a burger and sandwich-style meal.
Stay in a room next door to Garden Island
Getting to Garden Island from the Macleay Hotel is very easy! You can either walk up to the island, or take a taxi. Garden Island is located inside the Sydney Harbor, and is around a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Macleay Hotel staff will help you every way in possible in planning your tour to the Garden Island, also giving directions and arranging transport.