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Review of Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed 5 May 2018 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 1 May 2018

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 cheeky request for a gold coin donation in return for a single photocopied sheet of paper with a map of the exhibit locations (really?), not all that many exhibits (most of which were ho hum anyway), and nowhere near full use of the available spaces. The other very annoying thing was hordes of kids riding around on little scooters, uncontrolled by their "couldn't give a toss" parents. All in all a very substandard, crappy Biennale at this location in 2018.

2  Thank MrCoolBreeze
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

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 a visit with its varied history and architecture, and almost sculptural industrial relics. A short ferry ride from Barangaroo Wharf, we easily spent 4 hours exploring and next time think we’ll opt for the audio tour to gain a more in-depth insight into the island’s background... and also allow time for a drink at the Top Bar with its great harbour view.

At $2.60 (ferry ride)... it’s an absolute bargain destination for a Sunday outing!

Thank Trici_8
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 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 29 April 2018 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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