Known in the Dharug language as Wareamah, meaning ‘women’s land’, Cockatoo Island is a former convict penal establishment and naval shipyard in the heart of Sydney Harbour and is easy to get to by ferry.
Located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers, the heritage destination intersects the homelands of the Wallumedegal, Wangal, Cammeraygal and Gadigal Peoples, who have inhabited the area for thousands of years.
Today, it is a source of intrigue and inspiration for visitors owing to its historic buildings, distinctive terrain and panoramic views. Popular attractions include heritage and campground accommodation, waterfront cafés and picnic spots, guided history and paranormal tours, and seasonal events such as New Year’s Eve and music concerts.
ActivitiesCamping Canoeing/Kayaking Walks
Disabled AssistanceCaters for limited mobility
AccreditationCOVID Safe World Heritage