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“ship building”(75 reviews)
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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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All reviews audio tour ship building ferry ride industrial history marina cafe circular quay sydney harbour art exhibition information centre information boards interesting place to visit few hours sydney's history lots of history free entry couple of hours walk around
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really don't like it, I stayed for an hour and if I had the choice I would leave after 10 mins. I just had to wait for the next ferry to leave. So low/negative energy in that place.so ghostly feeling. No cafe even so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Daniah T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on an exceptionally hot day however it was still brilliant. We got the $5 guided audio tour which would highly recommend. We learnt about the various buildings around the site and hear different stories about the very varied life of Cockatoo island. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Maryia_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great stay at Cockatoo Island, and our campsite had an awesome view of the harbour up on the hill. The showers were somewhat disappointing and were inconsistent with temperatures across most of them, but it was only a minor pain. Note for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jacksonmcc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I picked up an audio guide ($5) and map for the island at the visitor centre and walked around the 26 stops. It took me about 2 hours, plus some time just enjoying the view from the upper part of the island, and looking at...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Simon C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just spent 2 nights on the island watching the fireworks with a 2 day "glamping" package, cost $1200. Im not sure what I was expecting the accommodation to be like, but I was certainly expecting more than what we got. A tent 3m * 3m...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank peterdS2547FS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If wanting to take the ferry from circular quay and you have covered Manly already this is a good option. 30 min trip from circular quay this place oozes history , convict processing and detention and ship building on an impressively large scale . Worth...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank morrisseypaulm
Reviewed 18 December 2018 via mobile

Cockatoo Island is one of several islands in Sydney Harbour that open to the public. This island can be reached by Ferry ride if approximately 30 minutes. There is no entry fee to the island but charges apply for tours. A self guided tour is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank robertrA9626OM
Reviewed 18 December 2018 via mobile

We had delicious pizza for lunch at the Marina cafe recently. Service was prompt despite them being busy at the time. There was a small mistake with our order. The Barista made a small coffee instead of a large and when the young staff member...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Wallyetta
Reviewed 18 December 2018 via mobile

Walking down Cockatoo Island on the self guided audio tour takes you on a journey of time gone by. It also affords a great view of the city. Great way to get away from the hustle of the city.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank GeorgeM_Pretoria
Reviewed 21 November 2018 via mobile

Great place to see some Australian history. The $5 audio tour is a great way to navigate the island and learn its convict and naval history. Good for a day trip or an overnight stay. Something different a short ferry ride from cbd. Has two...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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 geoffreym359 | 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.