Cockatoo Island

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

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. Free Entry.


Barbeque Boating Facilities Cafe Conference/Convention Facilities Enquiry Desk Family Friendly Food and Refreshments Free Wifi Lockers Lookouts Picnic Area Public Toilet Showers


Camping Canoeing/Kayaking Walks

Disabled Assistance

Caters for limited mobility


World Heritage


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