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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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All reviews audio tour ship building industrial history ferry ride marina cafe circular quay art exhibition sydney harbour information centre fascinating place information boards few hours sydney's history lots of history couple of hours free entry walk around
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Reviewed 6 days ago

What a great morning. We caught the ferry from Circular Quay which was a lovely way to start the day and see the harbour from a different perspective and going under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Cockatoo Island has great examples of convict life and early...More

2  Thank WoodgateFamily
Reviewed 1 week ago

FANTASTIC day - so easy to get there from Circular Quay - NO admission charge, but very worthwhile to get the $5 audio tour headphones....friendly helpful staff, and day of history - truly interesting....so happy we made the trip there

Thank cleo064
Reviewed 1 week ago

A short Ferry ride from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour brings you this former Naval Yard. You can avail yourself of an Audio Tour or Guided (if running) or just stroll around and through the two tunnels taking in the shipyard buildings and artifacts. You...More

Thank Noel L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited for the day for a course via ferry from Circular Quay. The trip there in itself was a delight. It doesn’t take long to get there but seeing the harbour from the water is a nice experience. The course was delivered in a...More

Thank Natalie T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fascinating experience. There is lots to do and stunning views of Sydney Harbour. You really feel like you have stepped back in time. Well worth the effort and the ferry ride is great. Take an audio tour so you don't miss out...More

Thank Deborah G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided I visit cockatoo island on a whim and had a lovely time. Lots of history to take in a lovely views. Would be a great place to stay!

Thank Kirsten M
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Cockatoo Island is a great place to visit to explore the convict history and the ship building past of Australia. There are places to stay - from camping to luxury as well as a couple of cafes. I would recommend the audio tour and the...More

1  Thank mrandmrsbeas
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

Enjoyable couple of hours. Interesting look st maritime history with views from the top of the island of the harbour. (I had no idea about the islands brutal past).

Thank traveller_melbourne0
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

Spend 3 hours in cockatoo island on weekday, it was quiet and the weather is good. Spend $5 to use the audio tour guide and it definitely worth it! Know more history about this island and easy to follow. Wish will come back for camping...More

1  Thank Joycepyl
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

As visitors / tourists from the UK, we didn’t know / think about this place but it was suggestion from a friend who lives local to Sydney. What a good call! We had a lovely afternoon walking around, learning about the history and seeing exhibits....More

Thank Stu W
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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.