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Estonian Independence Day Picnic – Shark Island Sydney, Thu Feb 23

For several years now, Estonian Independence Day Picnic on Shark Island has been an important part of the Estonian calendar in Sydney. Every year, a maximum of 100 people – young and old, locals and visitors – are allowed to come to the island, which on this day only, turns into an “Estonian Territory”. It’s a perfect place to meet new people or have a great time with some old friends.

This year, on Thursday, 23 February, E-klubi (Estonian Club) in Sydney is proudly hosting the event, and it’s going to be better than ever.
We meet at 4.15 pm in Circular Quay jetty nr 6 for an exclusively booked 4.30 pm Captain Cook Ferry to Shark Island (Haisaar). The return from the Island is at sunset 7.45pm, arriving to Circular Quay by 8pm. This gives us 3 hours of quality time on the island, with some of the most breathtaking, 360-degree views in the world.


This year’s celebrity guest Peeter Kaljumae is an actor, singer and musician, well known to TV viewers and theatre goers in Estonia. He will be in Sydney as a special guest of Sydney Eesti Selts (SES) and one of the two entertainers at the Grand Ball of SES on 25/2. We’re looking forward to getting a preview of his talent and to singing along to the most popular musical folklore of Estonia.

No Need To Miss Work Or Carry Eskies!

All you need to do is leave work early and catch the train to Circular Quay. It only takes 1 minute to walk from the train station to the Ferry and join the party.
Like last year, there’s no need to carry your food or drinks with you, because we have our own catering team selling affordable snacks and drinks (incl cold beer, wine and other beverages). It’s the same young people who host E-klubi every Thursday at Eesti Maja. But if you do want to bring your own food and drinks, you are welcome to do so.


Full price (Adult 16+) … $30.00
Special – current SES Member … $25.00
Special – recent E-klubi visitor … $25.00
Child 5-15y … $15.00
Child 4y or younger … FREE

Ticket sales:

– E-klubi @ Eesti Maja, every Thursday evening (cash only).
– Email (pay by bank transfer). (registration only, pay on the day)

The price includes…
– National Park admission fees
– private ferry transfers to and from the island
– Live and recorded Estonian music on the island

Shark island has toilets and water, but no gas, electricity or BBQ.
It’s part of a world famous national park, so please make sure to leave no rubbish on the island when you leave.

By Kristi Barrow

Loves all things Estonian. Especially Crafters Elderflower gin. Aussie born.

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