About Shark Island
The local Gadigal tribe called the island Bo-a-mbilly.
The European name comes from the shape of the island, rather than the inhabitants of the surrounding waters! About 1.5 hectares in size, it is the second largest island on the harbour after Cockatoo. Up until 1975 Shark Island was used as an animal quarantine area, public recreation reserve and naval storage depot. Since then, it has been part of the Sydney harbour National Park.
Shark Island has water, picnic shelters, a gazebo, large grassed area and a wading beach. It is a great place to see the start of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race that is held on Boxing Day every year. It also has the best views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House!
The island can also be booked for private functions.