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Review of Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed April 17, 2013

This is where problem prisoners were held and where ships were built. There is a lot of history there. There is an information center at the ferry stop with volunteers. It is all free if you want. We chose to pay $8 for an audio tour, which was very informative and really made the visit for us.

They also have some very unusual waterfront accomodations available and a restaurant.

Thank jimandcarolstravels
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We visited on spec. Taking advantage of a weekly multi pass giving the best value travel around Sydney. Greeted by a very helpful and informed volunteer. The visit was free but you are asked to make donation and get a detailed guide for the money you decide. Parts are run down but you get a great feel for the mood of the old prison and the crucible confinement cells hewn into the cliffs later deemed to be inhuman. It has a great atmospheric feel of past Ship construction and fantastic views back across the Habour and of the Bridge.

Thank Steve D
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Great place to spend a few hours exploring the British/Australian history of this fascinating site. From it's beginnings as a penal colony it became a major naval base for many years.

Very easy to get to. Just take the ferry from Wharf 5 at Circular Quay. The ferry ride takes about 25 minutes and on a nice day you get to some different views of Sydney.

There is an audio trail as well as a number of themed walks around the island. The restaurant / bar was closed when we visited. Not sure if it is only open at the weekend.

Thank AFrequentTraveller
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Known for its prison, reform school for girls and ship building, Cockatoo Island is a fascinating place! You can borrow a self guided tour book for a donation and head off on one of three tours (1 hour highlights, 2 hour in depth, or 1 hour convict trail). Its well worth your time to visit and learn some of the history of this island just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay in Sydney. Overnight stays are available. We did not stay overnight. A snack shop and bar are also on site.

Thank BallardRanger
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We stayed overnight on the island but this would be such a good day trip too, with a ferry ride from Circular Quay thrown in. Wandering around on your own or with an audio tour, there are little tid-bits of information everywhere... did you know wolverine was filmed here!

Thank MQandMK
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