Cockatoo Island is one of Sydney’s most popular harbour island destinations. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the land has a wealth of history; it was a penal island for convicts between 1939-69, and also one of Australia’s biggest shipyards during 1857 and 1991. Cockatoo Island gained its heritage status for its extensive examples of large-scale shipyard operations and layout, and has been preserved as an educational tool from a maritime perspective.
Cocktaoo Island also boasts a wealth of amenities and activities. Camping and glamping grounds are available, as well as family fun days, audio tours, exhibitions, basketball courts, BYO kayaking and night tours.
The island can be accessed via a 20-minute ferry from Circular Quay Station or by kayak on the open waterways. There is no admission fee to enter the island.