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Fabulous History

We spent the day wandering around admiring the historical periods of the Islands history . From... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jeff R
Sydney, Australia
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This was a wonderful surprise.

I am sad to say that I have lived in Sydney for 50 years and only just got around to visiting... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Steven G
Sydney, 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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I am sad to say that I have lived in Sydney for 50 years and only just got around to visiting Cockatoo Island. We went on a Sunday so VERY cheap and you get a great ferry ride around the harbour first. Then walked all...More

Thank Steven G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit. This place is easily accessible by ferry. Its shrouded in history. There are tours including a ghost tour which Ive heard is great. Its fantastic for children as many places to run, ride and explore. Nice places to eat with breathtaking...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent the day wandering around admiring the historical periods of the Islands history . From being a place of convict prisoners to the well known shipbuilding history . I worked on the island and was part of the team building the last ship ....More

1  Thank Jeff R
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

Very interesting place at about 25 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay. It takes 3 to 4 hours to visit this unique place filled with historical and cultural heritage.

Thank Kolesoo1
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

For the price of a ferry ride, you get to visit an island on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. World heritage listed, industrial and cultural significant location. A must to do. Amazing.

Thank Jason M
Reviewed 15 July 2018

We were taking a ferry ride up the river and decided to stop off and see what was at Cockatoo Island. This was a good decision. The island had a very chequered history being a convict prison, an orphanage and a shipyard. This is a...More

2  Thank Brendan O
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We actually discovered this place quite by accident and its packed full of history from the convict days, around the the time of the war world with the Navel building and repairs until quite recent times. It's really a museum stuck on an island. A...More

1  Thank Saandra701
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This Cockatoo Island in sydney harbour is a must see not only for tourists but for locals. So much history on display and so much to do. Take along a picnic basket or enjoy the cafes on the island. Enjoy the ferry ride and lap...More

Thank Elizabeth K
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Riding across the harbour to Cockatoo Island on a ferry on a crystal day is magical! Take a leisurely walk around Cockatoo and absorb the historical background and hardships endured here is mind boggling. The past industry here is astonishing! The array of accommodation is...More

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 3 July 2018

Cockatoo Island is one of the nicest places to visit when in Sydney. There is just so much history on Cockatoo. From the early convict days to the massive Naval Shipbuilding days this place is brilliant for photography. From the convict buildings to the naval...More

1  Thank Anita T
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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.