What To Do On The Is­land

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Immerse Your­self in His­tory

Pick up a map from the In­for­ma­tion Desk at the ferry ter­mi­nal and ex­plore the is­land by foot. Imag­ine life as a prisoner in the Con­vict Precinct, walk through the spooky tun­nels that cut through the mid­dle of the is­land and mar­vel at the size and scale of what was one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest ship­yards.

En­joy the View

Biloela House, a sand­stone res­i­dence built in 1841 for the is­land’s Su­per­in­ten­dent, has a stun­ning view of Sydney Harbour. It also houses the “Ship­yard Sto­ries” ex­hi­bi­tion.

Find Your­self in the Movies

Cock­a­too Is­land has been the set for sev­eral block­buster movies. In 2008, “X-men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine” was filmed on the is­land, with rem­nants of the film set used as Stryker’s lab­o­ra­tory and a “mu­tant con­tain­ment area” left be­hind. The An­gelina Jolie film “Un­bro­ken” was filmed on Cock­a­too Is­land in 2013, rep­re­sent­ing Ja­pan’s no­to­ri­ous Prisoner-of-war camp Naoetsu.

Where to Eat

There are two cafes on the is­land. So­ci­ete Over­board is right near the ferry ter­mi­nal and serves light break­fast and lunch. Ma­rina Café & Bar is lo­cated on the other side of the is­land, through the Dog­leg Tun­nel from the main ferry wharf or through the Main Tun­nel from the camp­ground. They of­fer more sub­stan­tial options such as pizza, na­chos, toasted wraps and more, in­clud­ing vege­tar­ian options.

Where to Stay

While most vis­i­tors day trip to Cock­a­too Is­land, there is also ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able in the her­itage hous­ing or the op­tion to “glamp” overnight in a tent over­look­ing the harbour. A tent, bed­ding and toi­letries are pro­vided, along with ac­cess to hot show­ers and a communal camp kitchen.

Get­ting to Cock­a­too Is­land

Catch the F3 Par­ra­matta River ferry to the is­land.

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