Can you live on Garden Island?

At the 2016 census, 720 people lived on the Garden Island base. The entirety of Garden Island is included on the Commonwealth Heritage List for its natural values. Garden Island is home to a tammar wallaby population.

Where is Garden Island located?

Garden Island, Australian island in the Indian Ocean, just off the southwest coast of Western Australia, 30 mi (48 km) southwest of Perth. With Green and Penguin islands, it shelters Cockburn Sound (east) and the approaches to the ports of Fremantle, Kwinana, and Rockingham.

How many acres is Garden Island?

Stirling returned to the area in 1829, claiming Garden Island as part of his grant of 100,000 acres (405 km2), plus any livestock remaining from the previous visit. The first settlement of 450 people was named Sulphur Town.

When was Garden Island joined to the mainland?

During World War II, Garden Island joined Sydney’s mainland through the construction of the Captain Cook Graving Dock in 1942 – expanding the 4.6 hectare site to 27 hectares. Today, it is known as the East Coast of Australia’s main base for the Navy Fleet and for its regional defence activities.

Are there snakes on Garden Island?

Protected island leads to ‘fitter penguins’ The island is now a Class-A nature reserve and a haven for birds and the rare tammar wallaby, as well as quite a few carpet pythons.

Can the public visit Garden Island?

Public Access: Access to Garden Island is restricted, due to it being a military base. There is a Public Access Area on the northern end of Garden Island. The Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre is located within it.

Why is it called Garden Island?

Garden Island is so-called because it was planted in 1788, in the first months of European settlement in Australia, to serve as a kitchen-garden by officers and crew of the First Fleet vessel HMS Sirius. Garden Island also boasts what is claimed to be Australia’s first lawn tennis court.

Can the public go to Garden Island?

Public Access: Access to Garden Island is restricted, due to it being a military base. There is a Public Access Area on the northern end of Garden Island. The Public Access Area has a number of relics from Garden Island’s past including the initials of the three First Fleeters carved into a sandstone rock.

What is Garden Island WA used for?

It is now Australia’s largest naval facility and home to five frigates as well as the entire submarine service. When all the ships are in port, there can be up to 4,500 personnel living on the island.

Can you visit HMAS Cerberus?

Although HMAS Cerberus is currently closed to non-official visitors, once reopened, visits to the museum can be arranged, by appointment, via the contact details on this website.

Are you allowed on Garden Island WA?

Public access You are welcome on tranquil Garden Island, but you must travel by private boat and leave before nightfall. The main attractions of Garden Island are its peaceful white beaches, foreshores and bays.

Where is the Garden Island in Western Australia?

Garden Island is an island near Rockingham, Western Australia, situated approximately 2.1 km (1.3 mi) north of Point Peron. Garden Island is a narrow island about 10 kilometres (6 mi) long and 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi) wide, lying about 5 kilometres (3 mi) off the Western Australian coast, to which it is linked by an artificial causeway and bridge.

When did Garden Island get its name Garden Island?

It was renamed Garden Island in 1829. Towards the end of 1826 New South Wales Governor Darling in sent Major Lockyer to secure the King George Sound area (off present-day Albany) of Western Australia for the Crown.

When was the Garden Island causeway built in Australia?

Construction of the 4.3 kilometres (2.7 mi) Garden Island causeway began in 1971 and was completed in 1973. The facility was completed in 1978, and HMAS Stirling was formally commissioned as a unit of the Royal Australian Navy in the same year.

How can I find out more about Garden Island?

The NHSA acknowledges support provided by the Australian Department of Environment and Energy which made these pages possible. Greater detail on building history, the natural and Indigenous significance to these sites is available by accessing the National Heritage List. Research – We can help!