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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
All reviews audio tour ship building ferry ride industrial history 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
Great place to see some Australian history. The $5 audio tour is a great way to navigate the island and learn its convict and naval history. Good for a day trip or an overnight stay. Something different a short ferry ride from cbd.
It was Sunday so $2.90 all day on all public transportation . Paid another $5 for a recorded guide at the tourist information office. Enjoyed a fascinating walk thru history as I walked around the island. Saw so many sea birds in their natural habitat...More
How much you enjoy a visit to the island will depend upon how interested you are in history and shipbuilding. I found all the stuff about the use of the island as a prison interesting but the shipbuilding side of things less so. My husband...More
A ferry ride gets you to this world heritage site. The self-guided audio tour ($5) includes a map and a headset that will explain what you are seeing while walking around the island. Learn about the time it was a prison, then a shipyard. Make...More
Visited Cockatoo Island as we had some time to kill in Sydney. 10 minute ferry ride from Barangaroo wharf. The place is interesting, however no one mentioned the audio tour so we were walking around and had no clue what building was what.
Delightful to experience various aspects of the history of an island set in the Harbour close to the CBD . Need to be able to walk and bring a picnic as food options somewhat limited and if possible avoid very crowded weekend .ferries .
Average visit to be honest there is just not a lot to do..
Pros .. good coffee , girl behing desk very nice.
Cons. Sadly the camping area has been given to seagulls and thousands of them , including breeding ones that constantly threaten you...More
Date of experience: October 2018
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CockatooIsland, Digital Engagement Officer at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018
Hi Matty, we're sorry to hear your trip didn't meet your expectations.
Regarding the seagulls, some areas of the Island, which are accessed by the public, have been netted to prevent nesting. This practice also encourages sea gulls to nest in more sheltered locations. In...More
Our daughter recommended that we visit Cockatoo Island on our recent trip to Sydney. We took the ferry from circular quay ,very easy with an opal ticket and also enjoyed the trip there and back, about 25 minutes each way. The place had no cockatoos...More
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