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Cockatoo Island

916 Reviews

Cockatoo Island

916 Reviews
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Balmain Pub Walking Tour
US$75.40 per adult
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Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales Australia
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WollstonecraftSydney Trains30 min
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Anne W wrote a review Feb 2021
Sydney, Australia14 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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newb21 wrote a review Feb 2021
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions4 helpful votes
The place itself was great. Everything is done for you. Amazing views etc. The reason I am leaving only 3 stars is because of the young woman working at reception. The reception is locked due to COVID-19, (not complaining about that). She came out and said she would check us in after we have entered our details in the app. So after a few minutes she lets me in. She goes behind the counter and I wait on the other side and she just starts working on her computer and says nothing and completely ignores me for a few minutes. It was very strange as I thought 'well why let me in if you are not ready'. There's no, "I'll be with you in a moment or anything", she completely ignored me as though I was invisible. Very awkward. Anyway then she acts like that was completely normal and suddenly starts talking to me and checking me in and giving me some info. At one point she told me where the tent was (which is grouped into colours on the map). She told me the colour for the tent position and then demanded I look at the map to let her know if I can see it - like I was a young child or idiot. It wasn't hard to find. Anyway, after that, I go to the tent and an item I ordered and paid for is not there. I return to the reception and knock on the glass door. She suddenly jumps up out of her chair like she is furious that I dared to come back and disturb her. I couldn't believe her reaction- it was like Basil Fawlty. She then kind gave out this exasperated body language - like what do you want now?? !! She turned left, then right, sighed, rolled her eyes and threw her shoulders up and down and stomped over and opened the door as though she was really angry at me! I was kind of more fascinated that this person is actually working in hospitality and acting like that, than offended or angry. I also thought with social media, why would people act like that when they know it would get out there. She was the only one in the office and maybe thinks she can act however she wants and no on will hear about it. I don't know. But it was so over the top, I have never encountered anything like this before in my life. Anyway, I politely explained that I have a missing item and she sort of calms down a bit realising that the problem is not my fault. No apology or anything of course. Says she'll get it organised but still pissed off about it. I was truly shocked at this behaviour and I seriously question her mental health. Needless to say, on the next day- I was so grateful she wasn't on reception. A lovely man with manners, kindness and professionalism checked us out. Chalk and cheese. But it really just left an awful taste in my mouth. Is this how some staff normally behave when no one is watching?
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Date of experience: January 2021
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JElliot32 wrote a review Oct 2020
New South Wales, Australia2,838 contributions928 helpful votes
Recently visited Cockatoo Island on a lovely Spring day. There were a few other tourists on the island, but the place is large enough for people to disperse quickly, so in several precincts we felt as though we had the place to ourselves. There's plenty to recommend here: fab and varied views of the harbour from just about anywhere, a rich and usually well explained colonial and more recent heavy-industrial history, plus food/beverages available at a couple of cafes - or scenic picnicking spots if you come prepared. I am a great one for just walking around a place and taking in the ambience, and in my view there are few better locales for that. The visitor centre was unattended because of Covid when we visited but we were at least able to pick up a map of the island, which proved very useful. We spent three hours on the island, including time for lunch, and thought that plenty to have a good look around. One thing to note at this time of year is the huge number of nesting seagulls, which are all over the island except up on the hill that includes the historic houses and convict precinct. There are nests in just about every crook and cranny, between bushes and under buildings. Some of the mother gulls are sitting on eggs or protecting tiny, days-old chicks and get more than a bit antsy when you venture too close, so best give them a bit of space and keep curious kids away from them.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Teresa C wrote a review Oct 2020
Metro Manila, Philippines1,119 contributions213 helpful votes
Historical, interesting and just pleasant for a few hours. Easy access by ferry, free entry. Worth a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Jennifer H wrote a review Aug 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom168 contributions52 helpful votes
I have made a few visits over the last year to Cockatoo Island, it’s very easy to get there with ferries from Circular Quay running regularly. The island has a fascinating history and there are lots of signs and information points all around the island detailing the abundant history. My most recent visit was while the Biennial of Sydney exhibitions were in place on the island (note during my previous visit earlier in the year they were doing set up for this, and this did impact what areas of the island were open to visiting). The exhibition added even more value to the island visit for me, there is a lot to be seen. Worth noting that at this time of year the seagulls are breeding and there are a lot of nests and therefore aggressive mother birds...they don’t always seem to nest in the quieter areas or away from where visitors have access, just listen out for the warnings given by mother birds and steer clear!!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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