Cockatoo Island

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Cockatoo Island
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Located in the heart of Sydney Harbour, a short ferry ride from the CBD, Cockatoo Island is a historically significant place where visitors can explore historic landmarks and stay overnight. Known as ‘Wareahmah’ by the region’s Aboriginal People, the island – a former convict penal establishment and ship dockyard – has emerged as a popular arts and entertainment venue, having hosted everything from Australia’s largest visual arts event, the Biennale of Sydney, through to live performances by musicians Lorde and Justin Bieber. Cockatoo Island’s year-round offerings include heritage accommodation, a waterfront campground, tours for all ages, tranquil picnic spots with panoramic harbour views, and two licensed cafes: Societe Overboard and the Marina Cafe and Bar. Additionally, the island’s heritage buildings and distinctive terrain provide visitors with insights into the complex and layered history of this fascinating destination. These include the convict penal establishment, which h
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gaurav s
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India188 contributions
Oct 2021
This is a small island used as former convict penal establishment, naval ship dockyard. It's a great day tour and does have fully serviced camping options for overnight stays. If you love history, you can opt for one of the guided tours available at about 26$ per adult, its completely worth it.
Written 21 February 2022
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DazzaMeg
Australia142 contributions
Dec 2021
This place has so much potential but I left feeling like it was a miss opportunity.

The history of this place in the middle of sydney harbour is outstanding. However they just have not truelly capiture it in my book.

SIgnage is lacking, and you have to use your imagination to try and create what was once there. For examply showing an old form of dry dock, full of water does not communicate how it was built or the effort to keep the water out so the vessel could be built or repaired.

Granded covid stop the self guided tour which would have help.

But agian a huge empty building with nothing inside doesnot tell me much.

On the bright side. Great veiws, good history, varied history from ship yard, prision etc.

In my view a small admission fee that went to improving the site would be worth it.

Nice ferry ride to get there and back. And you can camp to if u so wish.

BUT definately worht the look and will take half a day.
Written 30 December 2021
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Cheryl J
Bungendore, Australia1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
A fantastic place for an unusual get away. Family and friends alike. Plenty to do. Easy, regular ferry access. Will come again
Written 30 November 2021
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Sandra M
Tamworth, Australia46 contributions
Nov 2021 • Business
This is a terrific place to visit and explore. We stayed 4 nights in the Harbour View Apartments and could not complain about anything. The view is spectacular. The accommodation is well set up clean and comfortable. Sharon who booked us in along with all the staff are very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend a visit and stay.
Written 4 November 2021
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kartman-0610
Sydney, Australia358 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Cockatoo Island has an interesting history. The island is still seen as one of the best surviving examples of convict transportation and forced labour. It was also was the site of an industrial school and reformatory for girls.

Cockatoo Island is perhaps best known for its maritime history. Many ships were built there and during WWII, the island was the main ship repairing facility in the southwest Pacific, with around 250 ships converted or repaired.

We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the whole island. It took us about 3 hours to complete. There’s also some restaurants where people can dine and indulge.
Written 24 May 2021
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Steve C
11 contributions
May 2021
We were looking to catch a ferry somewhere and were scrambling to think of ideas last minute. Then our friend mentioned we should try this attraction. It was a gem of an idea. We loved our time here. Very chilled and nice pizza at the restaurant on site.
Written 6 May 2021
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Inveteratetraveller1
Sydney, Australia33 contributions
Apr 2021
Our ghost tour was such a disappointment. Our guide was a nice enough lady but has very shallow of knowledge of the island and no understanding of how to create interest or suspense in story telling.

Our group was actively bored.

Tours like this are an opportunity to fascinate with stories of rich history and spooky tales about the things that happened on these old sites. A place like cockatoo island would have a bottomless supply of riveting stories of the people who lived and worked there over the past two hundred years. To get to that depth of knowledge requires the guide to be deeply interested in both the history of the site and the paranormal activity there. We heard not a single story.

I do love cockatoo island however, and it is definitely worth visiting during the day - especially when the Biennale is on. II have visited many times and always enjoyed it. And of course the ferry ride over is spectacular.

But just don’t bother with the ghost tour.
Written 24 April 2021
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devkom1
Caulfield, Australia23 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Best pizza I've EVER eaten. (Happy Camper pizza) Fascinating place. Relaxing ferry ride to get there too. Highly recommended.
Written 9 April 2021
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Brodie P
Newcastle, Australia123 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Cockatoo island was a spontaneous idea after walking the harbour and wanting to catch a ferry. The ferry ride is easy and breathtaking views. The island it’s self is a great little spot of history and well laid out the tour looked interesting, but very easy to follow and enjoy just at your leisure.

The little eatery and bar is cute but except to pay tourist prices... didn’t bother us but it’s horrible to listen to people complain about it.

Great afternoon sitting in the sun, having a beer looking back on the harbour!
Written 2 April 2021
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Anne W
Sydney, Australia13 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
We stayed for two nights in the one bedroom Heritage Apartment which, from our very own private backyard, we had the most wonderful views overlooking Sydney harbour. The apartment had everything we needed, was very clean and the bed was very comfy. We decided to do the self guided audio tour which was very engaging and only cost $5, I strongly suggest all visitors do this tour as it was very good. We pre ordered a BBQ pack which was delicious and we also enjoyed the food and drinks at the Societe Overboard Cafe.
Written 1 March 2021
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Cockatoo Island admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $109.99, while a popular guided tour starts around $116.65 per person. See all 3 Cockatoo Island tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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