Sydney Harbour's largest island
Visitor Centre Open:
10am to 4pm
Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour was once a convict prison, then an industrial school for girls and finally Australia's biggest shipyard. It is the largest island in Sydney Harbour and is located near the Balmain peninsula. Today this surprising island is open to the public. Visitors can arrive by ferry and explore the island's fascinating heritage. Its brooding sandstone convict gaol has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, as well as the large dock and hand-carved storage silos built by the reluctant inhabitants.
Hear the tales behind Cockatoo Island colourful history and visit spaces normally inaccessible to visitors.
Did you know that Cockatoo Island was once Australia's largest shipyard?
Cockatoo Island has a great range of accommodation options including self contained luxury apartments and holiday houses, and glamping and camping. All this on an island in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
Try your luck with some Cockatoo Island puzzles and activities before you go to the island.