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. New Years Eve Clark Island Garden Party

    Monday 31 December 2018 , Sydney Harbour

    Experience an unforgettable New Year's Eve on sublime Clark Island in Sydney Harbour National Park. Enjoy a gourmet three-course meal, cocktail on arrival and live music on this uncrowded island oasis set in a garden theme. Clark Island is …

    31 Dec
  2. New Years Eve aboard Sydney 2000

    Monday 31 December 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    The eyes of over a billion people worldwide turn to Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve, not only because they have the first major display but one of the world's best. The Harbour Bridge, city buildings, and specially selected cruise vessels f…

    31 Dec - 01 Jan
  3. New Year's Eve on Cockatoo Island

    Monday 31 December 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Cockatoo Island is one of the best places in Sydney to watch the world-renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks. Right in the heart of Sydney Harbour, you’ll enjoy a fun and relaxing night with family and friends - without the crowds, long walks h…

    31 Dec - 01 Jan