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Where art meets history and the harbour
With vistas to all quarters, Cockatoo Island is Sydney Harbour's largest and most impressive island. In 2010, together with 10 other historic convict sites in Australia, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Replete with character, heritage and history, today the island is opened to the public and home to contemporary art events such as the Biennale of Sydney.
Along with site-specific artworks, there are also live performances, guided tours, artist talks and family activities and, best of all, entry is free! Visit the Biennale website for more information about what's on at Cockatoo Island during the exhibition.
Places to Eat & Drink During the Biennale of Sydney there will be a number of pop-up eateries on Cockatoo Island, including a wine bar overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a dumpling bar in the Industrial Precinct. Permanent eatery options will also still be available including The Island Bar, Societe Overboard Cafe and the Marina Cafe.
Cockatoo Island boasts a unique range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and tastes.
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The Harbour View Apartments are picturesque, self-contained apartments that have sweeping views of the harbour, including the bridge.
Throughout the Biennale of Sydney there is 25% off Harbour View Apartments, Glamping, Mini-Glamping & Camping Packages for two night stays. Find out more about the deal here.
Transport The Biennale ferry runs from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island for $7 return and must be booked in advance online here.
Harbour City Ferries are running services from Circular Quay, including direct services during the weekend. See the Transport website for more information.