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Fort Denison

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Fort Denison looks like a tiny castle floating in the heart of Sydney's harbour. It is difficult for visitors to pass it without getting curious.

Fort Denison
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You can see the island from many popular locations, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay and the Opera House. The location of Fort Denison looks both mysterious and romantic, and stands out like a feature in a fantasy film. Also known as “Pinchgut”, Fort Denison is important to the history of Sydney on many levels. Fort Denison is over 150 years old, and over its life has been used for maritime purposes, as a navigational aid, a fantastic fishing spot, as part of defensive measures and as a convict gaol. This is how the name “Pinchgut” came about, as convicts were forced to spend time here without being given food or water. The island location also provided a form of security when it was used for this purpose. The island still has cannons which can be observed by the public, and other historical relics are open to the public via tours of the facilities.

Take one of the intriguing and informative tours of Fort Denison and you will be rewarded by real history in an enchanting location. While you are on the tour, you can explore the fort itself, including the darkened rooms, tight stairways and facilities that have been preserved from a century ago. There is also a restaurant here, which can be hired for private or corporate events, or enjoyed during your trip. Address: Sydney Harbour, Port Jackson, NSW, 2090.

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