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Visit Cockatoo Island to see a historically significant site that is also naturally beautiful. Known as Wareamah 'Women's Land' in the Dharug language, Cockatoo Island has been used as for a convict penal establishment, a reform school, ship building and repair. In recent years, it has been a venue for the Biennale of Sydney, concerts such as the upcoming One Electric Day and as a filming location for X-Men Origins and Australian Ninja Warrior.
Pop into the visitor centre, which is open daily 10am to 4pm, after a short scenic ferry ride to collect maps, an audio guide ($5 pp) or to book a tour. The information guide shows the five unique precincts of island usage. The convict precinct is one of eleven historic Australian convict sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Cockatoo Island is the only Sydney Harbour island that offers overnight accommodation. You can bring your own tent and gear or opt for a camping package, a harbour view apartment or vintage holiday house.
There is plenty to do and discover here; one can take a walk into history, visit the Shipyard Stories exhibition at the beautiful Biloela House, play some lawn games or just soak up the stunning views. Bring a picnic or dine at one of the two licensed cafes, Marina Bar & Cafe and Societe Overboard that also provides pre ordered BBQ packs for campers.
Toilet and showering facilities are plentiful, there are vending machines for drinks and snacks, fresh drinking water, free Wi-Fi, and gold coin operated lockers with mobile device charging outlets. The lower part of the island is accessible for wheelchairs but there are some steep inclines and uneven ground.