Spectacle Island

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Spectacle Island

This small Harbour Island was named because of its original ‘spectacular’ shape – two small islands joined by a narrow peninsula. Sitting just behind Cockatoo Island, Spectacle was first used in 1865 as a storage site for the colonial government’s gunpowder. The Royal Australian Navy took over in 1913, and the island was used for shell-filling and munitions storage during the First and Second World Wars and then later as a Naval Repository.

Island hop? The island is now a fully functional naval base and not open to the public. But you can see historical items from the island at the Naval Heritage Centre, located on Garden Island.

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Venue name: Spectacle Island
Address: Spectacle Island
Sydney Harbour
2090

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Kate H

The Australian National Maritime Museum sometimes runs tours out to the island to see the Naval collection. I've done one before and highly recommend it.