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Cockatoo Island is a great place to visit to explore the convict history and the ship building past... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
Fascinating couple of hours

Enjoyable couple of hours. Interesting look st maritime history with views from the top of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We decided I visit cockatoo island on a whim and had a lovely time. Lots of history to take in a lovely views. Would be a great place to stay!

Thank Kirsten M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cockatoo Island is a great place to visit to explore the convict history and the ship building past of Australia. There are places to stay - from camping to luxury as well as a couple of cafes. I would recommend the audio tour and the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable couple of hours. Interesting look st maritime history with views from the top of the island of the harbour. (I had no idea about the islands brutal past).

Thank traveller_melbourne0
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spend 3 hours in cockatoo island on weekday, it was quiet and the weather is good. Spend $5 to use the audio tour guide and it definitely worth it! Know more history about this island and easy to follow. Wish will come back for camping...More

Thank Joycepyl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As visitors / tourists from the UK, we didn’t know / think about this place but it was suggestion from a friend who lives local to Sydney. What a good call! We had a lovely afternoon walking around, learning about the history and seeing exhibits....More

Thank Stu W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I am sad to say that I have lived in Sydney for 50 years and only just got around to visiting Cockatoo Island. We went on a Sunday so VERY cheap and you get a great ferry ride around the harbour first. Then walked all...More

1  Thank Steven G
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Well worth a visit. This place is easily accessible by ferry. Its shrouded in history. There are tours including a ghost tour which Ive heard is great. Its fantastic for children as many places to run, ride and explore. Nice places to eat with breathtaking...More

Thank Donna M
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

We spent the day wandering around admiring the historical periods of the Islands history . From being a place of convict prisoners to the well known shipbuilding history . I worked on the island and was part of the team building the last ship ....More

1  Thank Jeff R
Reviewed 17 July 2018 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.

1  Thank Kolesoo1
Reviewed 17 July 2018 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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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.