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Cockatoo Island

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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Off-limits to the public for more than one hundred years, Cockatoo Island welcomes you to a new chapter in its long and illustrious story. Retaining all its character and heritage from decades of human endeavour by convicts and shipbuilders alike, Cockatoo Island has opened its doors to all, with a mission to re-energise history. Now a place to escape the everyday, a canvas for creatives and cultural events, the world’s first urban waterfront campground and beautiful holiday accommodation, Cockatoo Island has undergone a renaissance in every sense of the word.
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  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“ship building” (66 reviews)
“audio tour” (64 reviews)
“island bar” (45 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cockatoo Island is an interesting and historical island around Sydney Harbour. It's worth visiting if you are interested in its history. Originally, from a modern Australian point of view, it was a place of punishment for convicts, in the early 19th century. Later it was...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting both from location point as view as history. Added bonus if you stay the night at the campsite or visit for any of the art events.

Thank Claudia B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited at night and enjoyed the spacious warehouse for a large party with entertainment. A ferry trip away from Sydney.

Thank Janem0205
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to take the first ferry that arrived at Circular Quay and it was the Parramatta ferry, we got off at Cockatoo Island and it was great decision. This is an amazing place with history about convicts through to the ship building industry.

Thank Virginia S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A short and inexpensive ferry trip from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island takes you under the bridge and gives heaps of photo opportunities. There is no entry charge to the island and heaps to see. The old ship building yards are interesting as is the...More

1  Thank Natasha09
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a MUST DO in Sydney ! An easy ferry ride takes you to this fabulous island where there is so much of interest - it will keep you occupied for a few hours. Plus it's a great place to take a picnic and...More

Thank Lou M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Attended a wonderful function at Cockatoo Island recently. Caught the ferry from Darling Harbour and travelled through the tunnels to get to the destination. Amazing place! 900+ people plus spaces for entertainers, a jazz bar and food service. Great venue for a big conference function!

Thank Craig D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit you can see the island where the first convicts were housed and the buildings they built its very rustic but has great veiws and a camp sight that is open during the summer and just a short ferry ride away from...More

1  Thank Sandraandrobbie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family enjoyed the ferry ride from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island. Whilst we found the island to be an interesting place to visit (and we love history), we had hoped that more of the buildings would have been made accessible to the public. It...More

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took our primary-aged kids here for half a day of leisurely wandering on a weekend. The ferry trip from Circular Quay (stopping at Barangaroo on the way) was pleasant, cheap and very easy. Cockatoo Island itself has some amazing history, I had no idea...More

1  Thank Happy_Novocastrian
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21 December 2016|
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Response from CockatooIsland | Property representative |
There is limited free parking at the wharves around Sydney.
Tegan O
5 September 2016|
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Response from Geoffrey M | Reviewed this property |
In previous years they have had a funky bar with DJs during the spring & summer months, but it seems that it has been cancelled for this year, which is a real bummer.
fairlie n
27 March 2016|
Response from CockatooIsland | Property representative |
The Biennale of Sydney is open until 5pm each day. The cafes are open at various times, check the Cockatoo Island website for more details.