Just a short ferry ride away from the Drummoyne wharf, Cockatoo Island sits within the beautiful Sydney Harbour and is a perfect choice for a quick getaway for the weekend. Embodying a long history dating back to the time of first settlement, the island has played an important role in the development of the country and is considered to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now reopened as an urban waterfront destination, the island offers a multitude of attractions for tourists and locals alike.
Sit around a campfire and sleep under the stars and go camping—or glamping—on the island’s lush grounds. If you’re not a fan of sleeping outdoors, you can stay at the heritage houses or at one of the many apartments and pop-up hotel suites. For those interested in the island’s rich history, you can go on group or self-guided tours to learn more about Cockatoo Island’s colorful past. Or maybe just grab a blanket and set out for picnic at one of the many scenic spots and enjoy the stunning a view.
Visit before June 11 and catch the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts festival. Brilliant artworks are displayed all over the island by distinguished and celebrated artists from all over the world. The exhibits are open for viewing daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
Learn more about Cockatoo Island here.