Shark Island Light

Shark Island Light is just to the north of Shark Island, about 1km from Rose Bay, in Sydney Harbour.  Shark Island is a popular picnic area in Sydney Harbour National Park.


Shark Island has a fractured history as a place of outstanding beauty but also of great danger, to both swimmers and ships. During the nineteenth century, a number of shipwrecks and drownings occurred off the island and in 1890 a white navigation warning light was finally erected; in 1924 this was replaced by a flashing light. During the 1830s the island served as a quarantine station to prevent the introduction of cholera to the colony following an outbreak in Europe. Between 1871 and 1900 imported cattle and dogs were quarantined there.1

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Title Address Description
Bradleys Head
Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia

Bradleys Head

Robertsons Point
Athol Wharf Rd, Cremorne Point NSW 2088, Australia

Robertsons Point

Shark Island
Shark Island, New South Wales, Australia

Shark Island

Fort Denison
1d Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Fort Denison


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Technical Details

First Exhibited
Permanent Tower
Current Tower1913?
LocationLat. 33°51'17.74"S Long. 151°13'32.38"E
Original Optic
Current Optic
Height12.5 m
Elevation12.5 m
CharacterGrp.Fl. R. (3) 8 secs
Light Source
Power Source

  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.


Accessible only by boat. It is closed to the public.



1. Gilchrist, Catie, Shark Island, Dictionary of Sydney, 2014, viewed 25 Jan 2018



  • Shark Island Light historic view  Public Domain Wikimedia
  • Shark Island Light in front of Shark Island   Morepix
  • Shark Island Light with Sydney as a backdrop   Morepix