Dangar Island, Brooklyn

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Dangar Island is a forested island, in area, in the Hawkesbury River, just north of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Dangar Island is a suburb of Hornsby Shire and as at the 2011 Census had a population of 267, which swells dramatically during holiday seasons. The island is serviced regularly by Brooklyn Ferry Service and departs from Brooklyn and takes about ten minutes. The Brooklyn ferry is itself adjacent to Hawkesbury River railway station. The ferry service is in operation 7 days a week.HistoryDangar Island has been known to the local Guringai Aborigines for thousands of years. The first European to visit the area was Governor Arthur Phillip, who explored the lower river by small boat in March 1788 within weeks of the First Fleet's arrival. He named it Mullet Island, for the abundance of fish in the local Hawksbury River. At first the local people were friendly towards him, but when he returned a year later, they would not come into contact. By 1790, over half the Guringai people had succumbed to the smallpox the British had brought with them.The island was purchased in 1864 and renamed by Henry Cary Dangar, the son of Henry Dangar, a surveyor, pastoralist and parliamentarian.
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  • Not many choice on this small island, so we naturally picked this café, food/coffee was ok, then when I decided to photo with the friends I came with, the café owner came out and said "hey we make spe...  more »
  • Nice ferry ride to the island. Very beautiful scenery. Beer at the bowling club. Nice low key break.  more »
  • This is a place you need to spend more than a couple of hours at. If you are lucky enough to rent accommodation then talk to the locals as there is a lot of hidden surprises here. At the top area of t...  more »

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