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Cockatoo Island Heritage Houses
Sydney, Australia
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“Fabulous experience.”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

We stayed in the bottom floor Apartment 23C as a surprise birthday gift from my hubby. We were lucky enough to catch the Biennale of Sydney Art Exhibition being held in the many heritage listed warehouses on Cockatoo Island.

Location - On top of the hill on Cockatoo Island offering spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge & Sydney harbour.

Apartment 23C - Is located next door to Biloela House. The top floor has two apartments which were empty when we stayed so we basically had the whole complex & Island to ourselves.

The apartment offers a self contained one bedroom with a large separate lounge room, kitchen & separate bathroom with shower over the bath. The kitchen has all the amenities one needs for self catering.

The lounge room doors open up to a small deck with BBQ & deck chairs overlooking the awesome views of Sydney. Luckily; due to the Biennale Art exhibition the Yering Station wine bar was open so we were able to buy some wine & take it back to our room.

For dinner we decided to eat at the Island Bar which offers woodfire pizza's & drinks. The bar has fab deckchairs at the waters edge where you sit & indulge in the beauty of Sydney Harbour. The only disappointment was that it only stays open until 7.30pm. However; if wanting to leave your private sanctuary one could easily hop onto a ferry into the city for entertainment.

Breakfast is offered at the Marina Café located in the Docks Precinct, on the southern side of the island. We enjoyed a nice egg & bacon roll overlooking the water or you cook your own in the apartment.

The Bamboo Dumpling bar located on the eastern apron is extremely good & worth visiting for lunch and so too is the Yering Wine bar which offers good quality wine with tapas.

Overall : To my surprise I absolutely loved staying here. It was super fun & something really special to remember.The Cockatoo Island Heritage Houses has the most spectacular views at very reasonable prices. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for something different to do in Sydney or for those who just want to camp out under the stars.

Cockatoo island offers - Heritage Houses / Harbour view Apartments / Glamping packages / mini Glamping / & camp sites.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island Heritage Houses, responded to this review, 25 May 2014
Thanks for your awesome comments about your recent stay Ellemay. we are pleased you had an excellent time. Staying on the island during Biennale is a great time to stay!
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

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.

Room Tip: All three apartments have decks with fabulous views.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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CockatooIsland, Manager at Cockatoo Island Heritage Houses, responded to this review, 2 March 2014
Hi Vandrhen, thanks for your awesome comments about the Apartments on Cockatoo Island, they really are a little bit of paradise! We hope to see you out on Cockatoo Island again during one of the awesome events happening this year, including the Biennale of Sydney from 21st March - 9th June.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Our group of 7 stayed in one of the 4 bedroom historic houses.
I had no idea what to expect so was pleasantly surprised to find a beautifully renovated house with extremely comfortable beds, amazing views, lovely furnishings, modern kitchen and bathrooms all in a generously proportioned house.
If you'd like to find somewhere for a weekend away without traveling away from Sydney, this is the perfect place. You do need to bring all of your food and drink though, and carry iy over on the ferry. We all just brought bags and eskies on wheels and it wasn't too difficult.There is a cafe and the Island Bar where one can buy light meals, pizza and drinks but we only found this useful during the day as they're open to the elements.You could easily catch a ferry to the city for more options.
The island itself is so interesting. I recommend doing the audio tour to discover the whole history. It's only $5. We had the added benefit of seeing part of the island set up as a set for Angelina Jolie's latest movie. To see snow covered dockyards from China on Sydney Harbour was an experience.
There are also 2 bedroom apartments and a 1 bedroom which were quite reasonably priced, especially when compared with the price of staying in the tents on the island.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Nowra, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
224 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2013

The volunteers on Cockatoo Island do a great job advising visitors on what to see and do. I was there for a get together with school friends, and we were to have lunch together for the first time in 30 years. The two vans selling hot food were a bit disappointing. Otherwise, the history of the island was excellent. Seems that the Glamping area could get very overcrowded during tourist season as the tents are quite close together. I enjoyed the day, but the food was pretty ordinary.

Room Tip: Can not comment on the rooms as I was only there for the day, BUT, having looked at the overnight co...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Sydney
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2013 via mobile

Living just 5 minutes Away but having never been to Cockatoo Island, we implore everyone to get there. The accommodation was amazing....fully fitted out, fully functional and including all the small things. The view!!!!! To die for and the island iteself was fully of history and wonder.

We could not recommend more highly spending a night in 23C...a one bedroom apartment perched on the clifftop looking down the harbour. The one issue.....watch out for the nursing mother seagulls protecting their young...so cute but don't get too close

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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New South Wales
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

The location is simply magnificent. Ten of us visited Cockatoo Island for a family celebration, staying two nights in Building 24A. Several dozen day-trippers joined us in one of three large meeting rooms which can be hired for this sort of event elsewhere on the island.

The island provides spectacular views of much of the harbour foreshore, including the Harbour Bridge, as well as offering up close and personal contact with fascinating industrial architecture from the shipbuilding part of island history and the more grim convict constructed sandstone buildings.

Our accommodation was well appointed with a full kitchen, plenty of dining and lounge space, an assortment of TVs, DVDs and other entertainment gear. Next door is the tennis court with possibly the best view in Sydney.

Ferries to the island are regular, although I'd recommend advance planning to find free untimed parking near a ferry wharf at busy times. (We parked not far from the Valentia Street wharf at Woolwich.) The water taxi option can be very expensive compared with the ferry.

Cockatoo Island is administered by the Australian Government through the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and it has World Heritage Listing so, hopefully, we'll never read a TripAdvisor review of a 500 room international hotel on Cockatoo Island. That would be a tragedy.

Visit Cockatoo Island, if only for a day. It's a special place.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights in a tent package and loved the ambience, views, location, history and particularly the relaxed character of other people staying there. Great bathrooms and shared cooking facilities too. Well worth a visit for locals and visitors alike.

Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Cockatoo Island Heritage Houses
Address: Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Cockatoo Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Cockatoo Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Cockatoo Island Heritage Houses 4*
Number of rooms: 2
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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