There’s a wealth of history here. First Cockatoo Island was a penal settlement, but by the late nineteenth century shipbuilding and repair were its main functions, securing its place in the rich maritime history of Sydney. Regular tours cover the history, but the island is also popular for staging art and music festivals, workshops and exhibitions. The hungry and thirsty are provided for by three venues and there are picnic and barbeque spots for self-caterers. There’s even camping where all you need bring is sleeping bag, pillow and torch. Get there easily with regular Harbour City Ferries from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.
(02) 8969 2100, www.cockatooisland.gov.au
Written by: Michael Muir