Cockatoo Island

Only a short ferry ride from Sydney's city centre is Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour's largest island and one of Australia's most fascinating historical sites.

Take an audio tour or self-guided journey and explore the island's convict and shipbuilding history. Stop for refreshments and take in the sweeping harbour views from Societé Overboard cafe and the Cockatoo Island Marine Centre. Play tennis on the court with some of the best views in Sydney. Pick up a free children's activity guide or hire a boat from the Marine Centre.

Cockatoo Island is the only Sydney Harbour island where you can stay overnight. Take a short break in one of the luxury houses or apartments or camp overnight on the harbour's edge in what Lonely Planet described as "one of the world's most spectacularly located campsites".

Cockatoo Island is open daily and entry is free.

Nearby events

  1. Earth Hour

    Saturday 30 March 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Earth Hour 2019 is scheduled for 8.30pm on Saturday, March 30. It started in Sydney in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with over 190 countries taking part each year. As its origin, this country sets the tone for other…

    30 Mar
  2. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Friday 24 May 2019 to Saturday 15 June 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Vivid Sydney’s multi-award-winning festival of light, music and ideas returns to illuminate Sydney with mesmerising new light art and projections and deliver a fresh new program of music and ideas. Explore the brilliant Light Walk,…

    24 May - 15 Jun