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....
The only harbour island where you can stay overnight, Cockatoo Island boasts a unique offering of accommodation options to suit all budgets and tastes. From luxury houses and apartments to camping packages, Cockatoo Island is conveniently only a short ferry ride from the central business district.
The Heritage Holiday Houses feature two fully self-contained, four-bedroom houses. Perched on the upper plateau in a leafy part of the island, they have beautifully restored rooms and are surrounded by heritage gardens and views of the harbour. The houses are ideal for groups of up to ten people.
The Harbour View Apartments include two semi-detached, self-contained houses upstairs (23A and 23B), and one fully self-contained one bedroom apartment downstairs (23C).