As you descend upon the glistening waters of Sydney Harbor, a curious sight catches your eye. A tiny isle, sitting atop the dark turquoise waves, beckons you with its charm.

This is Cockatoo Island, a hidden gem in Australia’s crown jewel of Sydney.

About Cockatoo Island

“It opened to the public in 2007.” Ah! Now that is why I have never heard of this place. I was wondering how on earth it managed to escape my travel radar.

To get to Cockatoo Island is a short ferry ride from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island on the Sydney Harbour.

What was once an island covered with red gums and frequented by the sulfur-crested cockatoos which gave the island its name, is now a UNESCO World Heritage-listed island that is home to historic buildings, an old navy shipbuilding yard and industrial convict precinct, and incredible views admired by the odd visiting seagull.

Camping on Cockatoo Island

The most exciting part of the island is the campground right on the edge of the harbour.

There would be no better place in Sydney to wake up in the morning with unbeatable views of Sydney Harbour, one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, and at budget prices.


There is a barbeque area provided, a vending machine, clean hot showers, and a large grassy area perfect for picnics and beers as you have dinner while the sun goes down.

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