For a dining experience like no other, hop on a five-minute ferry to Sydney’s Fort Denison. Located in the middle of the world’s most iconic harbour, guests can wine and dine inside the fortress while enjoying uninterrupted views of the city’s famous landmarks.
Fort Denison has a rich history – it was formerly a defensive facility, before being transformed into a National Park, with a restaurant and an event space. Today it offers guided tours, daily canon firings and a restaurant, making the island a popular destination for locals and out-of-town visitors.
What continues to entice visitors is the on-site restaurant with stunning panoramic views of Sydney. The team at Fort Denison, under the guidance of Managing Director, Liz Taylor, presents a modern Australian, a la carte menu, designed to be enjoyed while soaking up the harbour views.
Born and raised on a sheep and cattle station in outback Queensland, Liz was just 18 when she was tasked with cooking for an entire shearing team. It was during this time that her passion for providing delicious food was ignited. She went on to complete her apprenticeship as a chef, before travelling and cooking around the world. When the opportunity to take over the island became available in 2006, Liz couldn’t wait; with the help of her team she set out to create a fantastic culinary experience.
The menu is based on what is fresh and available, drawing on the seasons for inspiration. Sound working and sustainable relationships have been developed with long standing loyal suppliers, which enables the restaurant to offer the freshest ingredients on a daily basis.
Why not start your Fort Denison experience with a Chef’s Tasting plate, showcasing local produce at its finest? Open with the crispy skinned Hunter Valley pork belly and grilled lemon myrtle Yamba prawns with celeriac remoulade.
As you move on to the main course, the hardest part will be picking just one dish. Perhaps the crispy Humpty Doo barramundi with spinach, almond and capers will tickle your fancy? Or will it be one of the dishes inspired by Liz’s outback origins, including the succulent roasted kangaroo loin, walnut salad, beetroot and gorgonzola?
A trip to Fort Denison is not complete without that sweet finale. As you watch the ferries, tall ships and super yachts sail by, indulge in a mouth-watering walnut and chocolate brownie with nougat ice cream and milk chocolate sauce. Paired with a glass of wine from the Australian-leaning wine list, dining at Fort Denison is certainly worth the trip.
This stunning location also makes it perfect for corporate events, private dinners, parties, and weddings, as well as many annual events. Liz and her team produce the highly sought-after New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner every December 31, as well as the Australia Day celebrations, and the one-of-its- kind Dinner DeLights.
Fort Denison offers a truly unique experience. Set in the middle of Sydney Harbour, the island presents more than just a chance to dine, but an adventure outside of the city centre.