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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.
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  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“ship building” (64 reviews)
“audio tour” (63 reviews)
“island bar” (45 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank limnaria
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got the ferry.Quite interesting, historic.Island was used for prisoners an used to build ships.Go through the tunnel to the left as you get off the ferry for a 5 minute walk through a sandstone tunnel.At the end is a film documentary about the island.At the...More

Thank ray s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to get to from Central Quay (wharf 5 I think), and free to look around, although they are run on donations. $5 for an audio guide that goes a bit more in depth which is very good value for money and covers a bit...More

1  Thank JackR89
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The island is an ex-prison and ex-shipyard. If that's not your thing then don't go. I found it really interesting. There is no entry charge and the audio tour is only $5. The audio tour doesn't cover the whole island so it's worth breaking off...More

1  Thank Barny D
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I think Cockatoo Island is like Alcatraz (the world-famous prison island in San Francisco and No. 1 ranked TripAdvisor attraction in San Francisco) of Sydney Harbor. However, it is much cheaper and less overcrowded than Alcatraz. Even so, it is no less interesting than Alcatraz....More

2  Thank Saricie_Q
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21 December 2016|
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Response from CockatooIsland | Property representative |
There is limited free parking at the wharves around Sydney.
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.
fairlie n
27 March 2016|
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.