We spent a night in Apartment 23C - a new one bedroom apartment converted from the laundry of the house originally used as residences for the Coxswain and Driver, when Cockatoo Island was a working dockyard. It's a beautifully fitted out apartment, small but lovely! The views from the deck are wonderful, as the apartment is on the upper level of the island. A perfect spot for a glass of champagne (note - you can only bring alcohol to the island if you are staying overnight in one of the residences, NOT if you are camping there).
You don't even have to walk to the apartment with your bags - the island has a little fleet of golf carts to carry you there. But you do need to be good with stairs to walk around the island and see everything.
We had a drink at the Island Bar, and as there was a group there from a conference, they had live music. But beware - there is nowhere to eat on the Island in the evenings apart from the pizza van (no complaints - great pizzas with an exceptional view! but if you are after fine dining you will be disappointed). Breakfast the next morning in the cafe was also good - watching the harbour come alive and the workers head to work :-)
Highly recommended for an overnight, inner city stay with a difference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Heritage Holiday Houses feature two fully self-contained, four-bedroom houses. Perched on the upper plateau in a leafy part of the island, they have beautifully restored rooms and are surrounded by heritage gardens and views of the harbour. The houses are ideal for groups of up to ten people.These charming Federation houses were once home to Cockatoo Island's medical officer and engineering manager when the island was a busy shipyard. ... more less
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