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Cockatoo Island

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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Balmain Pub Walking Tour
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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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Reviewed 27 July 2017

Only 15 minutes by ferry from circular quay to explore a piece of sydney's history, even better when you can stay overnight and camp out.

Thank H922HBjohng
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

H922HBjohng, thanks for your review and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 26 July 2017

Got the ferry.Quite interesting, historic.Island was used for prisoners an used to build ships.Go through the tunnel to the left as you get off the ferry for a 5 minute walk through a sandstone tunnel.At the end is a film documentary about the island.At the...More

Thank ray s
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Easy to get to from Central Quay (wharf 5 I think), and free to look around, although they are run on donations. $5 for an audio guide that goes a bit more in depth which is very good value for money and covers a bit...More

1  Thank JackR89
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi JackR89, thanks for your great review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

The island is an ex-prison and ex-shipyard. If that's not your thing then don't go. I found it really interesting. There is no entry charge and the audio tour is only $5. The audio tour doesn't cover the whole island so it's worth breaking off...More

1  Thank Barny D
CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Barny D, thanks for your great review and we're glad you enjoyed your day at Cockatoo Island. We'll be sure to pass your feedback on to the management team.

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

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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 10 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 4 weeks 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 10 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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 8 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 4 weeks 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 8 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 4 weeks ago

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

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Sansjas
20 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
4 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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