Cockatoo Island is a heritage-listed island in the middle of beautiful Sydney Harbour. Hop on a ferry and explore the island for the day or stay overnight in the campground or holiday houses.
Where is Cockatoo Island?
Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour. It's located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers about 10 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay.
Getting to Cockatoo Island
Getting to Cockatoo Island is easy with regular Sydney Ferries daily services from Circular Quay and other inner harbour wharfs.
You can also get there by water taxi and private boat or barge, or on your own kayak.
Sydney Ferries currently operates services to Cockatoo Island via the Balmain/Woolwich service and the Parramatta River service. Ferries depart from Circular Quay and other wharves. Some services also connect to Darling Harbour or to Woolwich and Balmain.
Visit Cockatoo Island as part of a Family Funday Sunday ticket. For $2.50 per person, enjoy a fun day out with unlimited travel on Sydney's buses, trains and ferries on Sundays.
Getting Around Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island is easy to explore by foot, with a range of self-guided journeys and an audio tour to help you discover the island's best attractions. We invite you to wander freely around the island, discover its hidden places, picnic on the grass and enjoy spectacular city views. Stop in at Visitor Information and speak to one of our volunteers if you need help planning your visit.
When you arrive at Cockatoo Island make sure you pick up a copy of the official visitor guide from Visitor Information. The guide is a snapshot of all the information you need to know as you journey around Cockatoo Island, including in-depth historical information and photos, four integrated self-guided journey maps and an outline of the activities and amenities available during your visit.
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We have plenty of opportunities for you to explore the island. If you enjoy exploring at your own pace, but still want a deep insight into the island, take an audio tour. Before long you'll be transported back in time, imagining you are walking through an imperial prison, a reform school and a gaol. Surprising, inspiring and well worth the experience.
Otherwise try one of the four self guided journeys available which explore the convict history, maritime history, the island's highlights and the in-depth island journey. The journeys take between 1 and 2 ½ hours, details can be found in the Cockatoo Island Visitor Guide, pick up a copy from the Visitor Centre.
Groups may like to take advantage of our audio tours. Bookings for groups of 15 or more are essential by phoning Harbour Trust on the contact details below, Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Cockatoo Island has wheelchair access and disabled toilet facilities. Most areas of the island are wheelchair accessible, though keep in mind that the island is an industrial heritage site so some of the surfaces are uneven, with some buildings on the island not accessible by wheelchair. There is one quite steep incline from the lower island to the upper island.
For more information on current conditions, please talk to our Visitor Information Centre team when you arrive, or contact the Harbour Trust on (02) 8969 2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cockatoo Island - Open / Closed
- SUN open
- MON open
- TUE open
- WED open
- THU open
- FRI open
- SAT open
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