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Cockatoo Island

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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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.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“audio tour” (71 reviews)
“ship building” (70 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"
in 71 reviews
"ship building"
in 70 reviews
"industrial history"
in 9 reviews
"interesting island"
in 7 reviews
"marina cafe"
in 7 reviews
"accommodation options"
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"ferry ride"
in 52 reviews
"circular quay"
in 78 reviews
"sydney harbour"
in 69 reviews
"art exhibition"
in 12 reviews
"penal colony"
in 12 reviews
"convict past"
in 7 reviews
"fascinating place"
in 10 reviews
"information centre"
in 13 reviews
"information boards"
in 9 reviews
"historic site"
in 7 reviews
"few hours"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Island is in the middle of Sydney Harbour and has a history as a prison in the eighteen hundreds and a military shipyard in the two world wars. it is well worth paying the five dollars for the audio tour which explains the different...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This new UNESCO heritage site preserves a part of Australia's penal colony history, and a critical site of ship building and repair. During WW2 Cockatoo Is was the only repair facility for allied ships in the South Pacific. Great colonial penal architecture in signature sandstone,...More

Thank Angus W
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Angus W, thank you for visiting Cockatoo Island and experiencing the fascinating history it has to offer. Next time you visit, you may want to enjoy some of our incredible accommodation options! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had to fill in a couple of hours so on advice from a local we took the ferry to Cockatoo Island. We went to the visitor centre and got a map of the sites around the island. We walked to the upper level and...More

Thank Joan T
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Joan T, thank you for visiting Cockatoo Island and experiencing Contained, our pop-up hotel and restaurant! We hope to welcome you back again soon to experience some of the buildings you were unable to see.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as we were interested in the convict history of the site but it had so much more to offer. I hadn’t appreciated how important the island had been to shipbuilding and ship repair particularly through WW2. I would strongly recommend the audio tour...More

Thank Trinigasman
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Trinigasman, thank you for sharing your exploration of Cockatoo Island with us, we're glad you enjoyed it! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had 2 nights on Cockatoo Island, where we rented an apartment where you could cook your own foof, which can be provided by a offic/store on the island.

Thank terence56
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi terence56, thank you for visiting Cockatoo Island and staying in one of our Heritage Apartments. We hope to welcome you back to the island soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came out here to get away from the city ! And it has been the best thing ever ! I got a prebuilt tent facing the water and it was lovely! On one side I have the view of the city lights at night and...More

Thank Daniel A
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Daniel A, thank you for visiting Cockatoo Island and for sharing your relaxing camping experience with us! We look forward to welcoming you back to the island again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cockatoo Island is one of the most interesting places in Sydney. The history of the island and its major role in Sydney shipping are highlighted in an excellent tour, with or without a guide. Highly recommended.

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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jan B, great to hear you enjoyed your visit to Cockatoo Island! We take great pride in the history of the island and with so much to learn about, we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Accessed by ferry from Circular Quay. The ferry ride is an additional benefit of the trip to the island. The island has examples of naval dockyard history with information boards at each site. There is also coffee shop for a brief stop should it be...More

Thank 903bob
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi 903bob, thank you for visiting Cockatoo Island and for your great review! We look forward to having you back soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friends from overseas came to visit and saw Cockatoo Island as being a recommended place to go... I had never been there before and was unsure, but I'm so glad we went. The ferry ride from Circular Quay itself is worth it! Underneath the...More

Thank alis0n29
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi alis0n29, thank you for visiting Cockatoo Island with your overseas visitors! We are is constantly exploring new ways to communicate the interesting history of the island and appreciate your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A brilliant and fascinating day out. The volunteer staff in the ticket office/bookshop are wonderful, so knowledgeable, kind, helpful and friendly. Its also great value for money.

Thank baxR23
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi SP64SP, thank you for visiting Cockatoo Island and for your glowing review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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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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