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Cockatoo Island

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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21st Biennale of Sydney

This was our third time on the island during the Biennale. We too went for a free 45 min guided... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
agamala
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Canberra, Australia
Cockatoo Island with Art - excellent

What a great morning outing, to get a ferry from Circular Quay, see harbour sights and end end up... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Les_Landau
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Canberra, Australia
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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“ship building” (73 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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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

This was our third time on the island during the Biennale. We too went for a free 45 min guided tour and later spent a few hours wandering around the island and admiring the art. Excellent experience, but I would like to suggest a couple...More

Thank agamala
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great morning outing, to get a ferry from Circular Quay, see harbour sights and end end up on beautiful, interesting and historic Cockatoo Island. During the Sydney Biennale there are many works of art scattered on the island, sitting amongst the historic buildings...More

Thank Les_Landau
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Our visit to Cockatoo Island began with a lovely cruise up the ha4bour on a beautiful day. The audio tour of the island was great with an explanation and guide on what a critical role this island played in our naval and maritime history. Sone...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did these self-guided Tour on cockatoo Island I learned a lot about the islands dark past and what all the island had been used for many things I did not know. The island has beautiful views of the rest of the city definitely worth...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first visit to see the Biennale, but we were blown away by the views and wonderful old buildings. The raw sandstone is gorgeous, and the huge warehouses where the ships were built are fascinating. The sculptures are well set into this historically...More

Thank Linda M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cockatoo Island was named after native, noisy sulphur-crested parrots and is the largest island in Sydney's harbor at the intersection of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers. It was an Aboriginal fishing spot before settlement. Then it became a prison built to house convicts from...More

Thank bigboy61455
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cockatoo island makes for a great half / three quarter day trip (unless giving the camping a go which I’ve yet to try so can’t comment) with a reasonable regular ferry service from Circular Quay (& a number of harbour stop offs including Barangaroo). The...More

Thank bavey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was not really sure what was on offer here, but we got the ferry across, and spent a good few hours here wandering around. It was an interesting place and with quite a bit of history.

Thank PJRC-Seniors
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited cockatoo island to see the Ai Weiwei installation as part of the Sydney Biennale. The old ship building facilities were a great setting for the biennale, with the massive buildings housing industrial equipment that still smells of oil. The old tunnels that moved...More

Thank ByronQuartet
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a Sydneysider, Cockatoo Island is one of my favourite places in Sydney to visit time and again. It’s so rich in history that I learn something new with each visit. The Bienniale of Sydney gave us an excuse to set foot on the island...More

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Sansjas
December 21, 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 5, 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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