Cockatoo island Sydney Harbour
A UNESCO World Heritage-listed sanctuary in the heart of Sydney Harbour.
Cockatoo Island is an iconic contemporary arts venue. It was once a convict penal establishment, reformatory school and naval ship dockyard.
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
Cockatoo Island has heritage accommodation, a waterfront campground, a program of tours, family-friendly cafés and tranquil picnic spots with panoramic harbour views.
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
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Cockatoo Island Visitor Centre. Note: The accommodation team is on duty from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Online
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Core business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Visitor Centre at Cockatoo Island is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday.
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)
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