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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  • Pack a picnic lunch, jump on the ferry and when you arrive it is a short walk from the wharf to a lovely little beach for a swim. No traffic, no crowds just a little island of simplicity. 
  • This is an actual suburb of Northern Sydney. Home to several hundred people of mostly alternative, artistic leanings. It's an idyllic island home for the enthusiastic, as I could not imagine how hard ...  more »
  • Its an island, in a scenic location, but there is no suitable place to actually view the scenic waterways!! a rather scary/old ferry connecting the mainland with the island, mind you REALLY scary ferr...  more »