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Cockatoo Island Sydney Harbour

COCKATOO ISLAND SYDNEY HARBOUR


Cockatoo Island from the Sydney Ferry © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au

Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed sanctuary in the heart of Sydney Harbour.
In the Dharug language, it is known as Wareamah, meaning ‘women’s land’ and the historic island has emerged as an iconic contemporary arts venue. It was once a convict penal establishment, reformatory school and naval ship dockyard.
Cockatoo Island has heritage accommodation, a waterfront campground, a program of tours, family-friendly cafés and tranquil picnic spots with panoramic harbour views.
The island is at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers and is just a ferry ride away from downtown Sydney. More Info


Cafe on Cockatoo Island © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


GETTING THERE

The easiest way to get to Cockatoo Island is by Public ferry. The F3 and F8 ferry services operate to Cockatoo Island daily from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo as well as from wharves along the Parramatta River. For further information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website. You can also visit Cockatoo Island by water taxi, private boat or kayak. More Info


Cockatoo Island from the Sydney Ferry © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


AMENITIES ON THE ISLAND

Cockatoo Island has wheelchair access, toilet facilities (including accessible toilets), vending machines, barbeques, showers, an Opal card top-up machine, a kitchen (for exclusive use by campers), free Wi-Fi (enquire at the Visitor Centre) and gold coin-operated lockers.


Old crane on the dock Cockatoo Island © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


GETTING AROUND

Most areas of the island are wheelchair accessible; however, there is a steep incline from the lower island to the upper plateau, and – owing to the island’s industrial heritage – there are uneven surfaces as well as some buildings not accessible by wheelchair. Just check at the Visitor Centre near the ferry wharf and they will help to enjoy your visit to the island. Open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday.


Old crane on the dock Cockatoo Island © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


TOURS

Cockatoo Island offers regular program of tours for people of all ages and interests, including our all-ages Haunted History, Crooked Character and Convict Precinct tours as well as on-demand audio tours and the adults-only Ghostyard paranormal tour. More Info


Old crane on the dock Cockatoo Island © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


STAY ON THE ISLAND

Surrounded by landscaped gardens with sweeping views, the apartments and holiday houses marry heritage character and with modern amenities. The campground represents an opportunity to sleep under the stars in the heart of the world’s best harbour.
For enquiries about accommodation on Cockatoo Island, phone 02 8969 2111, email stay@cockatooisland.gov.au or visit the Cockatoo Island Visitor Centre. Note: The accommodation team is on duty from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Online


Dockside Cockatoo Island © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au

CONTACT COCKATOO ISLAND

Cockatoo Island

Ph 02 8969 2100 or
Email info@harbourtrust.gov.au
Core business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Visitor Centre at Cockatoo Island is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday.
www.cockatooisland.gov.au/en


Dockside Cockatoo Island © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


Dockside Cockatoo Island © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


Old crane on the dock Cockatoo Island © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


Cockatoo industrial heritage © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


Cockatoo industrial heritage © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


Cockatoo industrial heritage © SydneyVisitorGuide.com.au


SYDNEY HARBOUR TRUST

In September 1998, the Commonwealth Government announced the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (Harbour Trust) – a statutory agency tasked with rehabilitating former Defence and other Commonwealth lands around Sydney Harbour, conserving their natural and built heritage, and returning them to the people of Australia. These lands had been hidden away from public view for many years, left derelict, run-down and in some cases contaminated.

The Trust cares for and manages
Chowder Bay (Headland Park, Mosman)
Cockatoo Island (Sydney Harbour)
Former Marine Biological Station (Watson’s Bay)
Georges Heights (Headland Park, Mosman)
Macquarie Lightstation (Vaucluse)
Middle Head (Headland Park, Mosman)
North Head Sanctuary (Manly)
Sub Base Platypus (North Sydney)
Woolwich Dock and Parklands (Woolwich)
Snapper Island (Note: Yet to be formally transferred)

For more information

HARBOUR TRUST
Building 28, Best Avenue Mosman, NSW 2088
(PO Box 607 Mosman NSW 2088)
Ph 02 8969 2100
Email info@harbourtrust.gov.au
www.harbourtrust.gov.au/en


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