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Cockatoo Island

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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Excellent day trip

Very interesting place at about 25 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay. It takes 3 to 4 hours to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kolesoo1
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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So much todo

For the price of a ferry ride, you get to visit an island on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. World... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jason M
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Sydney, 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%
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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 3 days ago via mobile

Very interesting place at about 25 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay. It takes 3 to 4 hours to visit this unique place filled with historical and cultural heritage.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

For the price of a ferry ride, you get to visit an island on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. World heritage listed, industrial and cultural significant location. A must to do. Amazing.

Thank Jason M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were taking a ferry ride up the river and decided to stop off and see what was at Cockatoo Island. This was a good decision. The island had a very chequered history being a convict prison, an orphanage and a shipyard. This is a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually discovered this place quite by accident and its packed full of history from the convict days, around the the time of the war world with the Navel building and repairs until quite recent times. It's really a museum stuck on an island. A...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Cockatoo Island in sydney harbour is a must see not only for tourists but for locals. So much history on display and so much to do. Take along a picnic basket or enjoy the cafes on the island. Enjoy the ferry ride and lap...More

Thank Elizabeth K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Riding across the harbour to Cockatoo Island on a ferry on a crystal day is magical! Take a leisurely walk around Cockatoo and absorb the historical background and hardships endured here is mind boggling. The past industry here is astonishing! The array of accommodation is...More

Thank Teresa C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cockatoo Island is one of the nicest places to visit when in Sydney. There is just so much history on Cockatoo. From the early convict days to the massive Naval Shipbuilding days this place is brilliant for photography. From the convict buildings to the naval...More

1  Thank Anita T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favourite things in Sydney. I got the audio guide and listening to the history of the place as yu walk round was amazing. It has so many stories and the walk is well planned out though I think I got lost once...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While we went primarily for a ferry ride to have coffee and catch up with my partner's family members , we really enjoyed the walk around the island. Reading the plaques helped to understand what was what, but I agree that without any knowledge of...More

Thank Michelle O
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The island is easy to reach from circular Quay and free to explore on your own . Only relatively recently opened to the public, it has been a convict prison, a reform school , an orphanage, a major shipbuilding site , and a metal workshop...More

Thank Fran C
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Sansjas
21 December 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
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.
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fairlie n
27 March 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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