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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 good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“audio tour” (66 reviews)
“ship building” (67 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 via mobile

Hourly, at peak times half-hourly ferries from Circular Quay, taking 30 minutes, with stops. There are a couple of small cafe outlets, with friendly staff. There is a lower tier, with multiple relics of the island's shipbuilding past for 100 years plus, until 1991. Photographs...More

Thank MadDocNI
Reviewed 1 week ago

The island is an easy ride by ferry, although allow plenty of time getting back as the ferry gets full, from Darling harbour. Loads of history well explained with plenty of signs letting you know about the place. lots to see and interesting for the...More

Thank Leigh-Harrington
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like engineering and ship-building, there's a lot here for you. Less so about the convicts who were quartered here. There's one spot of barracks with a good audio tour addition, but that's it. Three-quarters of the tour is about ship-building and industry. We...More

Thank YearofYes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

20mins on the ferry from Circular Quay Sydney Harbour. This place is absolutely amazing if you are interested in Culture and History. What was once a Convict Precinct & then a 'Home for Girls', and later became known as one of Australias famous ship-building docks....More

Thank marmor25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a place to visit if you are interested in engineering and history. Besides remnants of the convict past of the island you can explore the extensive shipbuilding and ship repairing past of the island. There are two graving docks, a shipbuilding slipway and...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short ferry ride to this location, met by the volunteer guide and made welcome, we chose to explore with a $3 guide book, good value. The convict site is interesting as is the dockyard but we were disappointed that one of the cafes was...More

Thank Victor M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cockatoo Island has a history that will interest most. From the early days of the colony through the two world wars and even appearing in model films. This island is a gem to visit and explore. While on the island it is hard to imagine...More

Thank Frank K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So often the way, but we have lived nearby and been on the water around the Island for years but never set foot on it until recently. We camped overnight, but a day trip would also be rewarding. Lots to walk around and look at...More

Thank Mpk1970
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A simple ferry ride from Circular Quay, you'll be on Cockatoo island within around 20 minutes. Using an opal card, the ferry costs about A$3.50 each way. The first sound that struck me, was that of the bird life combined with the waves - beautiful....More

2  Thank nomesie
Reviewed 15 October 2017

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

1  Thank Dimitris L
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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.