Fort Denison is a significant colonial-era fort in Sydney Harbour. Known as 'Mattewanya' to traditional owners, a 'Pinchgut' to convicts and colonists, it was originally a rocky outcrop before the Colonial Government fortified the island from the 1840s, with later additions including the most complete Martello Tower in the world. The fort has been a tourist attraction since the 1940s and was added to Sydney Harbour National Park in 1995.
Fort Denison has been closed to visitors to allow for significant conservation and repair works to the Barracks building and seawalls. We propose to replace the island's existing 1940s era timber wharf with a new modern and safe wharf that will comply with accessibility standards established under the Disability Discrimination Act. The upgrade of the Fort Denison Wharf will complement the NSW Government's Transport Access Program and its Wharf Upgrade Program. The new wharf will allow people with mobility issues to safely visit Fort Denison for the first time in the island's 170-year history.
This project is being delivered as part of the Improving Access to National Parks program.