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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.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“ship building” (64 reviews)
“audio tour” (63 reviews)
“island bar” (45 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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11 - 20 of 639 reviews

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
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Saricie_Q, thanks for your very flattering review. Cockatoo Island is indeed a very interesting place with rich indigenous, convict, maritime and industrial history. We're so glad that you enjoyed your trip out to the island and we hope to see you again soon! Make...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

The brochures encourage you to visit and even camp here, but I'd only visit again if I was running out of things to do. There is no vegetation and so no cockatoos. Pretty industrial looking site with huge hangers (which they hold concerts on occasionally)....More

Thank M J
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi M J, thanks for your review. Just like most attractions, Cockatoo Island is not for everyone and we encourage those who enjoy historical-based activities to visit us. To make the most of your visit next time, we recommend stopping by the Visitor Centre to...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a great getaway within Sydney! Loads of options from BYO tents through to accommodation in an old building on the island. We went with the 'glamping' option of having a tent already setup including mats, wooden patio and a couple of chairs. The...More

Thank rebekahkeirancaseyl
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi rebekahkeirancaseyl, thanks for your great review and we're so glad you enjoyed your glamping stay. We hope to see you on the island again soon.

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Lovely day out starting with the ferry trip from circular quay to cockatoo island. Lots to see and walk around this historic site. Kids loved it. Lunch was at the cafe societe, bit pricey but tasty food, glass of vino went down nicely too. Can...More

Thank Hewettp
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Hewettp, thanks for your great review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

My partner wanted to visit and to be honest I didn't really know much about it, so didn't know what to expect. It was extremely interesting and sad at the same time. A must see, make sure it's a nice day though.More

Thank Lynn H
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Lynn H, thanks for your great review. We often find some of our visitors don't know much about the island before arriving, but leave having learnt alot about the convict and maritime history and absolutely love it! Thanks for visiting and we hope to...More

Reviewed 9 July 2017

We took the ferry from Circular Quay which took 20 minutes. The island is very beautiful and when we visited, very quiet so in many places it feels like you have it all to yourself. We did the audio guide for $5 which was worthwhile...More

1  Thank Julia B
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Julia B, thanks for your great review and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Use Sydney's fabulous public transport to get here with frequent ferry stops. Many of the historical buildings are open for you to wander through. It is an interesting mix of harsh convict prison history to early 20th century heavy industrial history. The Island must have...More

2  Thank Contention
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Contention, thanks for your great review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 30 June 2017

I have enjoyed every visit I have made to this island, including the short ferry trip to get there. It's simply fascinating to walk around such a small island, but then there are also tunnels, historic buildings with stories of past imprisonment, defence and ship-building....More

1  Thank Jean762014
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Jean762014, we love hearing that you've visited us so many times and have found enjoyment with every trip. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We hadn't realised what a rich history the island has, particularly its strategic ship building role in WWII. Well worth a half day visit, the ferry ride to get there is a bonus. Recommend the audio tour. Informative and interesting although we did find the...More

1  Thank Liz C
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Liz C, thanks for your great review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 23 June 2017

We learnt many historical facts about this island including the use as a prison and shipbuilding. I was surprised that you can arrange concerts , weddings and camp on this island as well. Short journey from the quay....with great views, it is worth at least...More

1  Thank debsmillen66
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi debsmillen66, thanks for your great review and we hope to see you again soon.

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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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