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Cockatoo Island

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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Another hidden treasure

The island is easy to reach from circular Quay and free to explore on your own . Only relatively... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Fran C
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It could do better - disappointed

Took the Sydney ferry almost to the end of the line – had to change at Circular Quay – and arrived... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
annettelaurie
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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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, Cockatoo Island has opened its doors to all, with a mission to re-energise history. Now a place to escape the everyday, a canvas for creatives and cultural events, the world’s first urban waterfront campground and beautiful holiday accommodation, Cockatoo Island has undergone a renaissance in every sense of the word.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“audio tour” (76 reviews)
“ship building” (73 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
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+61 2 8969 2100
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"audio tour"
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"industrial history"
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"marina cafe"
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"ferry ride"
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"circular quay"
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"sydney harbour"
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"self guided"
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"fascinating place"
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"information centre"
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"information boards"
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"few hours"
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"sydney's history"
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"lots of history"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The island is easy to reach from circular Quay and free to explore on your own . Only relatively recently opened to the public, it has been a convict prison, a reform school , an orphanage, a major shipbuilding site , and a metal workshop...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the Sydney ferry almost to the end of the line – had to change at Circular Quay – and arrived at Cockatoo Island. Not too sure about this place – we thought it would be better with plenty more history. The problem is there...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thought we were going to teach our children about Australian history. Instead we were met with a few buildings with a few signs saying what they were. It seemed to be more about some art exhibition and sipping wines on a lawn by people annoyed...More

Thank Skye D
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CockatooIsland, Digital Engagement Officer at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Skye, thank you for taking the time to review your trip to Cockatoo Island – we’re sorry to hear you and your children weren’t satisfied by the educational experience. For further information about educational activities on the Island, head to the Visitor’s Centre, located...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As someone who has lived near Sydney for a long time I was surprised I'd never been. Beautiful views and cute cafe's with great historical buildings and info. There is also usually an art exhibit on. Will definitely visit again.

Thank After-Adrenaline
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot to walk around and read about the history of the Island. 21st Biennale of Sydney was on, Superposition: Equilibrium & Engagement. Very interesting exhibition and you could speak to the artists. Food options simple but really nice. Highly recommended when your visting Sydney

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did not realise there was a direct ferry service from Barangaroo to Cockatoo Island. Cityrail tripplanner alerted me to it. Having caught train to Wynyard, short walk to Barangaroo ferry wharf and direct ferry service. It was an easy process. Timed my visit so I...More

Thank mishySydney
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only visit the island during the Biennale of Sydney when they show case some interesting art installations from all over the world. The place has retained its industrial 'ruins' which are part of its history as a penal establishment and naval courtyard. No sulphur...More

Thank Mary T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cockatoo Island is very exposed to the elements. We went on a windy day - we had organised it in advance with a friend and did not want to cancel. Although we went absolutely everywhere on the island, it was hard to get out of...More

Thank Yasmin D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic island, views and inclusions on the island. We could have done with a little more information but it was good fun

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a beautiful warm day, that helped for sure. Great views We opted to get an audio guide, One was really quiet, tried to turn it up to no avail. So went back to the info centre. The volunteer was rather grumpy, blamed us,...More

1  Thank Oldtable
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Sansjas
21 December 2016|
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Response from CockatooIsland | Property representative |
There is limited free parking at the wharves around Sydney.
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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.
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fairlie n
27 March 2016|
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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.
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