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Cockatoo Island

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Address: Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
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+61 2 8969 2100
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Off-limits to the public for more than one hundred years, Cockatoo Island...

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.

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Sydney Harbour industrial history, picnic and camping

The island is a lovely short ferry ride from Circular Quay. Interesting and different place to take a picnic (bbq facility, cafe also on island) and watch the activity on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Gosford, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The island is a lovely short ferry ride from Circular Quay. Interesting and different place to take a picnic (bbq facility, cafe also on island) and watch the activity on the harbour and distant city skyline views. Facilities are well maintained, plenty of space to wander around and no sense of being cramped. Interesting place for industrial history and photography... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't waste your time going there, extremely boring island full of old stuff! The only nice thing was the ferry and the view from the harbour we had

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Thank Juliana A
Philippines
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

To reach Cockatoo Island, you have to take a ferry from Circular Quay. The Island has beautiful views of the harbor. There's a bunch of old buildings. We didn't take the guided tour so we didn't know the story of the buildings. There's a small snack bar where you can buy food and drinks. We also saw people camping in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I loved going here and exploring the tunnels and islands. It's good history and very interesting if you like that sort of thing, and very neat to explore. Would have loved it even more as a kid. It's also fantastic to picnic and frolic on the grassy hills. One of my favorite places in Sydney. There's camping here too, which... More 

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Thank Aliabroad
Queensland Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place to visit.Some convict history and then a girls reform school with a sad reputation.Later ship building.Lots of history here and its free!!Take a ferry from Circular quay to get here.

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Thank kazzablue
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I visited it was very quiet you can only get there by ferry so check the times and which ferry when in Circular Quay. There is very little on the Island but there is a lot of history to discover and if you have the time I think its worth a visit.

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Thank ellearedee
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Short trip by ferry from Circular Quay takes you along the harbour past Barangaroo and Balmain to this little pocket of history . The time span starts in colonial times until early 1960. It played vital role in the life of Sydney with its boat building and contributing to the WW II effort

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We caught a rivercat ferry from Darling Harbour wharf, F3 route, just a short 10 minute ride. Upon arrival stopped in at the information area, was served by a volunteer, picked up our audio tour machine and a map, cost $5 single or $8 for double head phones. The sites are numbered you key in the site number and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only a short ferry ride from Circular Quay to spend time in a UNESCO site filled with convict and recent history. Spent a few hours here though would've been happy to stay the night - plenty of accommodation options and great views from the top of the Island. Ample toilets and things to look at/explore. More funding should be given... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here by ferry on a Saturday afternoon on the hunt for a few geocaches (an odd hobby - google it). We stumbled across the fact that there is a bar here and ended up having a great time. We walked around the island and the plonked down in the bar for an hour or so before getting another... More 

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