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An island in the middle of Sydney Harbour that’s a UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with historical buildings. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay—a journey in itself—to see architecture from five distinct eras. Squat, convict-built lock-ups of Sydney’s beginnings contrast with grand-scale ship-building facilities of a once-thriving industry. Dedicate a good half-day here: there’s also a cafe, a bar, walking tracks, and several ways to interact with the history, including an audio tour and video installations. This isn’t a pretty, Disneyfied experience—it’s quite gritty. And an interesting contrast against the sparkling harbour.
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Discover Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO world heritage listed island in the middle of Sydney Harbour and rekindle your sense of adventure.
Located in the heart of Sydney Harbour, just a short ferry ride from the CBD, Cockatoo Island is an extraordinary place. Formerly a convict penal establishment, reformatory school and naval ship dockyard, Cockatoo Island offers heritage accommodation, a waterfront campground, a program of tours,…
Off-limits to the public for more than one hundred years, Cockatoo Island welcomes you to a new chapter in its long and illustrious story. Retaining all its character and heritage from decades of human endeavour by convicts and shipbuilders alike, Cockatoo Island has opened its doors to all, with a…
Cockatoo Island is a Heritage-listed island in the middle of Sydney Harbour, used as a prison (for those already transported to the Australian penal colony in the 19th century) and as a large shipyard. Accessible by Sydney Ferries, used today as a venue for concerts and art exhibitions. Excellent…