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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.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“ship building” (64 reviews)
“audio tour” (63 reviews)
“island bar” (45 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
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+61 2 8969 2100
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our family enjoyed the ferry ride from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island. Whilst we found the island to be an interesting place to visit (and we love history), we had hoped that more of the buildings would have been made accessible to the public. It...More

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took our primary-aged kids here for half a day of leisurely wandering on a weekend. The ferry trip from Circular Quay (stopping at Barangaroo on the way) was pleasant, cheap and very easy. Cockatoo Island itself has some amazing history, I had no idea...More

Thank Happy_Novocastrian
Reviewed 1 week ago

Caught the ferry out went via north shore and Barangaroo. So you have a beautiful trip on the harbour. Nice place for a peaceful picnic and you can stay out there in tents or cottages.plenty of historic places to see.

Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and 4 friends spent a few hours last Sunday on Cockatoo Island for the cheese and wine tasting with Claudia Bowman. We were greeted by the very friendly and knowlegable Claudia with a glass of champagne and were seated at small tables of 5...More

Thank kerrisingleton1
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi kerrisingleton1, thanks for your fantastic review and we'll be sure to pass on your positive feedback to Claudia at McIntosh & Bowman Cheesemongers.

Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

It's easy to take the ferry from Circular Quay or Barangaroo near Wynyard to Cockatoo Island. You're pretty much left totally free to explore the island in its entirety, other than a few closed doors and private businesses. I went during the week, and things...More

Thank CrankySCTraveler
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi CrankySCTraveler, thanks for your review. At differing times of the year, especially during breeding season, there can be more seagulls on the island than usual. As they are a protected marine species, we cannot remove them from the island, we can only manage the...More

Reviewed August 12, 2017

Sydney sights around the harbour environments near Darling Harbour and The Opera House and central keyMore

Thank limnaria
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi limnaria, thanks for your review. There is plenty to see and do on the island, especially if you love history. Next time we recommend you stop into the Visitor Centre so our volunteers can advise you on the activities on offer for that day....More

Reviewed August 8, 2017

Too noisy to stay in tents - too close to each tent facilities too fqr to get too if you want to go to the bathroom at night

Thank mari529
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi mari529, thanks for your review and we'll take your feedback on board.

Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

A friend and I spent a Friday afternoon at Cockatoo Island. Took the public ferry from Circular Quay (about $7 round trip). Once on the island, we had a bite to eat at the cafe near the wharf. The food selection is limited but adequate...More

1  Thank Tammy C
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Tammy C, thanks for your great review. We're so glad you had such a great time on your last visit to Cockatoo Island and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed July 29, 2017

You'll get a nice ferry trip past some of the suburbs and then you can look around the historical buildings and docks. You could walk around the whole place in an hour but spending more time will let you do the audio tour, maybe do...More

Thank mrdom
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi mrdom, thanks for your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed July 27, 2017

Only 15 minutes by ferry from circular quay to explore a piece of sydney's history, even better when you can stay overnight and camp out.

Thank H922HBjohng
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

H922HBjohng, thanks for your review and we hope to see you again soon.

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Sansjas
December 20, 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
September 4, 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
March 27, 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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