Cockatoo Island

Local nameCockatoo Island
LocationSydney, Australia

Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove River in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.

Cockatoo Island is the largest of several islands that were originally heavily timbered sandstone knolls. Originally the Island rose to 18 metres above sea level and was 12.9 hectares but it has been extended to 17.9 hectares and is now cleared of most vegetation. Called Wa-rea-mah by the Indigenous Australians who traditionally inhabited the land prior to European settlement, the island may have been used as a fishing base, although physical evidence of Aboriginal heritage has not been found on the island.Between 1839 and 1869, Cockatoo Island operated as a convict penal establishment, primarily as a place of secondary punishment for convicts who had re-offended in the colonies.Cockatoo Island was also the site of one of Australia's…

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Opening hours

Information Centre (audio tour):
Open daily: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Audio Tour:
Single: AUD 5
Shared between two: AUD 8

Guided Tours: AUD 16/person

Self-guided island journeys: free

More information and contact


Official website



Phone +61 2 8969 2100

Coordinates -33°50'51.443" N 151°10'19.11" E

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