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“Biennale Exhibition - very interesting island”
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 July 21, 2013

This was out first visit to Cockatoo Island, it was during the Sydney Biennale of 2012, even without the exhibition, the island is a MUST see. We fell in love with the place, all that wonderful history of ship building which was what the island was first used for. The people of Sudney are VERY lucky to have had this island saved from exploitation and that it is available to all of us. Do yourselves a favour and go for a visit. Wear comfortable shoes, as there is lots to see. Take your own food and have a BBQ or why it camp over night. Tents are supplied, bookings MUST be made though.

Thank SallyMcBucko
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We spent a couple of hours in the sunshine exploring the island and it was really interesting. Gorgeous (if cool) weather helped and it was a weekday so there were only about 10 people on the whole island.

The industrial/shipbuilding history is really interesting but its even just a nice place for a walk with views all around. They have overnight foreshore camping with pre-set up tents which would be fun as well as other cottage accommodation.

Would be great for a picnic/day trip for families and a ferry ride on the harbour is always brilliant.

There is a bar right on the water which would be fabulous on a warm summer day/evening but was closed when we were there. There was a small basic kiosk open.

Thank Winedude
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2015

Great to hear that you enjoyed your time on Cockatoo Island Winedude. It certainly is an interesting place to visit! A great way to explore the island is to wander and lose yourself in the many buildings, whether they are are from the convict times or shipbuilding era, its all very fascinating!

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Most probably a must see if you are in sydney. We felt that the areas need a lot more restoration to bring authenticity to the site. Little things like modern appliances in convict ruins just don't wash.
Every possibility it is to do with funding available. The volunteer staff were wonderful and helpful.

Thank rodgs
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

This Island is very close to Sydney and was once used for ship building. This part of its history as well as the rest of it is worth a visit.

Thank bjk447
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Lovely area, full of history, tonnes of space and great fun.
Our tent faced the sea. Fantastic view.
In our tents, they were 4 beds, nicely made - comfortable. 4 foldable chairs, a table with benches and 4 lamps + 2 eskys.

Girls went walking around and reading all sorts of information about the place.
This was once a huge dry dock for ship repair and refueling. A place where convicts worked and lived. The Governor's house is on the property too.

2 Cafes, one small and the other one bigger with tasty pizza that was made in a wood fired oven. Lots of spots to explore, tunnels, old machinery etc.

Would definitely go back.

Thank MariaWilkinson66
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