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Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island

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Located in the heart of Sydney Harbour, a short ferry ride from the CBD, Cockatoo Island is a historically significant place where visitors can explore historic landmarks and stay overnight. Known as ‘Wareahmah’ by the region’s Aboriginal People, the island – a former convict penal establishment and ship dockyard – has emerged as a popular arts and entertainment venue, having hosted everything from Australia’s largest visual arts event, the Biennale of Sydney, through to live performances by musicians Lorde and Justin Bieber.

Cockatoo Island’s year-round offerings include heritage accommodation, a waterfront campground, tours for all ages, tranquil picnic spots with panoramic harbour views, and two licensed cafés: Societé Overboard and the Marina Café and Bar.

Additionally, the island’s heritage buildings and distinctive terrain provide visitors with insights into the complex and layered history of this fascinating destination. These include the convict penal establishment, which has been inscribed on the World Heritage List together with ten 10 other Australian Convict Sites.

So, what are you waiting for? Escape to Cockatoo Island, the largest island on the harbour, and discover the city’s best kept secret. Open daily with free entry.


  • Walking
  • Sight-seeing
  • Educational experiences
  • Camping
  • Picnics
  • Self-guided and guided tours


  • Cafe
  • Barbecues
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Picnic area
  • Boating facilities
  • Lookouts
  • Family friendly
  • Camping ground
  • Toilets
  • Showers

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the islands website for the most up to date information.
  • Ensure you observe all safety signs. Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Wear suitable footwear and always ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements when exploring Australia.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Fees may apply. See Cockatoo Island's website for more details.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife.
  • Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but memories.

Photo & content credits: Cockatoo Island

Location & Supplier

Cockatoo Island

Address: Cockatoo Island, New South Wales 2000


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