At some point in your life, you’ve probably zoomed past it on the ferry but little known island garrison, Fort Denison is to be turned into a one of a kind Sydney/Gadigal dining experience.
The fort was a former penal site and defence facility that began construction in 1840 and completed in 1862. It sits around the corner from Cockatoo Island that has its own plans to become a major arts and cultural destination.
Hospitality group The Point, behind Harpoon Harrys, The Dolphin and a new multi-level bar and restaurant venue in the CBD have secured the new lease. According to Urban List their plans are as grand as the harbour location with a vision to ”include a dining room, a casual dining room, a bar, and a wine room. There’ll also be three exhibition rooms, improved historic displays, and guided tours.”
Matt Kean, NSW Government minister for Environment and Energy said “Fort Denison has long been the forgotten jewel in our spectacular Sydney Harbour crown,” said Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean.“We wanted to right that wrong, and deliver a state-of-the-art visitor experience for the whole community to enjoy that celebrates the unique heritage and environmental values of this unique site.”
Not many cities would have issues with too many options in and around Sydney Harbour when you’re able to dine at Fort Denison, take in the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge and grab a drink at Opera Bar
Sydney really is the place for future revellers with plans to turn Kings Cross into a neon playground, a car-free George Street in the City and creation of special entertainment precincts. Adding to that is increased outdoor dining options and live music venue protections for those wanting a night out!
The new dining experience at Fort Denison is penned to open in 2022.