Only a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, the UNESCO heritage-listed Cockatoo Island manages to make you feel like you’re worlds away. Explore the remains of the former penal settlement with a self-guided audio tour, take snaps of the well-preserved architecture or sit on the hillside and watch boats sail past on the harbour. There are two cafes that serve tasty breakfast and lunch options, or BYO provisions and make the most of the BBQ areas. You can also extend your day trip by booking a tent at the Island’s camping site for a night under the stars and maybe tell a ghost story or two.
By Chantelle Yeung