National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experienced operators to lease the restaurant and caf at the state-heritage listed Fort Denison.

Fort Denison sits in Sydney Harbour adjacent to the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, with views of the city skyline and harbour. The site is part of Sydney Harbour National Park.

NPWS Director Stuart Schramm expects interest in this EOI will be strong due to the island’s stunning location, unique building and the potential to be involved at the very centre of some of Sydney Harbour’s world-renowned events including New Year’s Eve.

“The purpose of the EOI is to find a lessee able to provide an exceptional visitor experience while protecting the heritage and environmental values of this unique site,” Schramm said.

“The EOI is a perfect opportunity for an operator to continue to grow and develop the business at this exceptional location, which has national and international heritage significance.

“Caf, restaurant and function proposals will be considered, along with alternative ideas or proposals to utilise the other areas on the island.

“The available lease area on Fort Denison is around 470 square metres and consists of one building, the former barracks building which is divided into a number of smaller rooms suitable for dining and other activities.

“Over recent years a restaurant, caf and function space has operated on the Island and the site has been used for weddings, corporate events and special event functions such as New Year’s Eve and Vivid Sydney.”

The Fort was constructed between the 1840s and 1860s and retains its build form and highly significant collection of artefacts.

The EOI process opens on Wednesday 12 April 2017 and closes 7 June 2017. Inspections of the site will be available, commencing in April, and must be pre-booked.

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