Goat Island Conservation Management Plan

Goat Island is of national and state heritage significance for its exceptional ensemble of built, natural and archaeological features that represent three important historical periods within one place: Aboriginal (pre-1830), colonial (1830-1900), and maritime (1901-1993). The island retains its isolation from the city and surrounding foreshore development.

1 April 2011
Office of Environment and Heritage
Publication, Conservation management plan
  • ISBN 978-1-74122-693-5
  • ID DECCW20080009
  • File PDF 15.7MB
  • Pages 305
  • Name goat-island-conservation-management-plan-volume-1-080009.pdf

Goat Island aerial view, Sydney Harbour National ParkGoat Island is the second largest of the eight remaining islands in Sydney harbour and is situated at the entry to Darling Harbour. It is registered as a heritage item on the NSW State Heritage Register.

This conservation management plan (CMP) was commissioned to provide a clear, concise and well presented analysis of the heritage values of the island and to develop policies from the analysis and assessment of significance to provide clarity in the development of a masterplan that will guide the future of the island as part of the Sydney Harbour National Park.

To achieve this, this report relies on Volume 2: Goat Island: A Contextual History for information on the historical development of the island, and this CMP provides:

  • an historical summary,
  • a chronology
  • historical analysis of the island’s cultural landscape
  • physical analysis of the place
  • assessment of the significance of individual elements, sites and the geographic context and
  • strategies, guidelines and actions for the conservation of the heritage significance of Goat Island.

The CMP provides a clear direction for the future management of the island in consideration of its heritage resources.

Visitor information

Join an NPWS Discovery guide on a Goat Island heritage tour.

Photo: Goat Island aerial view, Sydney Harbour National Park / D Finnegan/OEH