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Cockatoo Island

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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Glamping overnight

Fantastic island, views and inclusions on the island. We could have done with a little more... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
hopstepandjump
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Sydney, Australia
Thanks to all the volunteers who without them this attraction wouldn’t be open

It was a beautiful warm day, that helped for sure. Great views We opted to get an audio guide... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Oldtable
,
Brisbane Region, Australia
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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” (73 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
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+61 2 8969 2100
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Fantastic island, views and inclusions on the island. We could have done with a little more information but it was good fun

Thank hopstepandjump
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It was a beautiful warm day, that helped for sure. Great views We opted to get an audio guide, One was really quiet, tried to turn it up to no avail. So went back to the info centre. The volunteer was rather grumpy, blamed us,...More

Thank Oldtable
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a complaint about the Society Overboard Cafe/ Restaurant a tenant on Cockatoo Island . We had a excellent tour with a Sydney Harbour Trust guide and as there we 19 of us we wanted to place our lunch orders at 11 am prior...More

Thank Barbara G
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thankfully they don’t charge to walk around the island, as there is a lack of information available, and it feels quite disjointed. A missed opportunity. But even once you’re done, if it’s a busy weekend day, you’ll be lucky to get home, as being able...More

Thank Stuart C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Locals like myself are guilty of forgetting that Cockatoo Island is there. At a friend’s urging, I went for the Biennale recently. It was a real eye opener. Apart from the artworks, there are layers of convict, maritime and industrial history plus the lovely ferry...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was surprised it is quiet a lots of space in anyway u walk u see lots of beautiful scenery.that got place to eat drink camping or stay in the apartments.it is a historical place to visit .oh Sydney u beautiful love it .

1  Thank Loverble
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's always nice to visit Cockatoo Island, particularly when it's a beautiful day, and there's no doubt that facilities have improved over recent years, but the Biennale? Forget it - it was dreadful this year! Inadequate signposting (it can't be that hard, can it?), a...More

2  Thank MrCoolBreeze
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Biennale was the reason for my first visit to Cockatoo Island and while I found some of the art installations interesting, some were questionable & some rather ho-hum (as am not really a fan of audio visual ‘art’). The island itself tho was well worth...More

Thank Trici_8
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only accessible by ferry. A mixture of history and campers, with tourists wandering around everywhere. Quite an experience. It felt like the workers and convicts had recently walked away and left everything behind.

Thank Jade0077
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great location for an art exhibition balancing the great industrial history on display all year round. Well worth a visit whether for a couple of hours or a full day. I will be back.

1  Thank rhmob
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Sansjas
21 December 2016|
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Response from CockatooIsland | Property representative |
There is limited free parking at the wharves around Sydney.
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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.
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fairlie n
27 March 2016|
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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.
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