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. Australia Day Lunch Cruises

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Sydney Harbour goes all out for its Australia Day celebrations, featuring an amazing line up of events including ferry races, tall ships, sailing regattas, fly-overs, fireworks and much more. Take in all the action aboard an Australia Day…

    26 Jan
  2. Australia Day Dinner Cruises

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Official Participating Vessel Cruise aboard MV Sydney 2000, the official participating vessel in `Australia Day Live’ at Circular Quay, positioned inside the exclusion zone for the spectacular finale, water-show and fireworks for front…

    26 Jan
  3. Dymocks Children's Charities Great Debate

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    The Dymocks Children's Charities (DCC) Great Debate will be a star studded gala raising much-needed funds to assist children in need around Australia improve their literacy standards and fall in love with reading. The event is a fun…