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Cockatoo Island

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Address: Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia
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+61 2 8969 2100
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Off-limits to the public for more than one hundred years, Cockatoo Island...

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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Glamping on Cockatoo Island - a Birthday Gift with a difference

Our Son gave an overnight 'Glamping Experience" on Cockatoo Island as my husband's 67th Birthday gift. We chose to go when the weather was good so Spring and Autumn were obvious... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed here for one night - it was beautiful!! Great views, lovely staff! Lots of bats! Great place to walk around during the day! Lots to see and learn!

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our Son gave an overnight 'Glamping Experience" on Cockatoo Island as my husband's 67th Birthday gift. We chose to go when the weather was good so Spring and Autumn were obvious choices - we settled for just before Easter and the weather was perfect. It was a lot of fun to travel by ferry from Circular Quay to the island... More 

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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this review

Hi Jan W, thanks for your fantastic review. We're so glad to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your first Cockatoo Island glamping experience. We look forward to seeing you soon and don't forget to tell your friends! More 

Sydney
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My grandchildren 12,10 & 7 love going here. They get the maps from the office to 'crack the code'!! The views are amazing from the top. So much history here from convict & ship building days. We have seen seagulls nesting, their eggs & fledglings. They love walking through the dogleg tunnel as well. The facilities are always clean. We... More 

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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this review

Hi SydneyFranny, thanks for your great review. We look forward to seeing you and your grandchildren on your next visit! More 

Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really fantastic place if you're into history and the evolution of the island from the late 1800's to modern day. The Sydney harbor ferry takes you safely and easily to the island dock. Free admission to the UNESCO World Site. (other then the cost of the ferry. All bus, tram and ferry payment is with an OPAL card) The island... More 

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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this review

Hi TheNormans1995, thanks for your fantastic feedback. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed you trip out to the island and hope to see you again on your next visit! More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

5 & 7 year old enjoyed the kids treasure hunt- we should have looked at the map first- we went the long way around the lower part of the island and then didn't have as much time to explore the higher parts which were really interesting... Cafe food was good, not a long wait and prices were reasonable.

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Hi inax-bu, we're glad to hear your kids enjoyed their island adventure and hope you did too. More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun! Good place to enjoy with friends and family Sunny day at this month and little bit cool at night, but we are prepare well, so every ok!

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Thanks for your great feedback Si T. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the audio tour and think it might be boring for someone who does not take this option (and it is only $5 so definitely worthwhile). We enjoyed the history and think this will be lost on kids. It does involve walking out in the open so wear comfy shoes and sunscreen. We found it informative and the volunteers... More 

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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island, responded to this review

Hi Lauren_vdM, thanks for your fantastic feedback. Cockatoo Island is indeed great for adults who love history, but we also have fun free activities that the kids can enjoy too - just pop into the Visitor Centre and ask our friendly volunteers! More 

Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the ferry from Darling Harbor to Cockatoo. Interesting grounds and history of the penal colony. Site of several movies. Great views. Two cafes offer light meals. Great photo stop!

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Hi charlesodonnell, thanks for your great review. More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had no idea of what to expect as the ferry drew up to the quay. I was astounded to find that, following the self guided tour, there was so much fascinating information to be found. I learned a huge amount and could have stayed on another 2 hours. As it was I spent nearly 3 hours and need to... More 

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Hi CaravannersDandK, thanks for your great review. We hope to see you on the island again soon. More 

Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some good views as you walk around the island and if into history interesting . Staying the night an experience to try if weather okay . Cafe good coffee and eats . Loved the ferry ride out and back worth the effort on a sunny day . Another area of the harbour explored . Easy to do in an hour... More 

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Hi 77smiley, thanks for your great review. More 

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