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Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour and faces Balmain and Hunters Hill, with an area of 18 ha.

In 1839 there was a penal establishment set up on the island. The prison closed in 1908 when nautical activities gradually displaced it. The Cockatoo Dockyard Pty Ltd (1984), formerly known as Vickers Cockatoo Dockyard Pty Ltd, was established on the island in 1972, tracing its history back to the middle of the nineteenth century, when the island began to be used as a dockyard.

In 1857 the Fitzroy dry dock was built, and the Sutherland dry dock in 1890. Soon both State and Commonwealth Governments were involved on the island. In 1913 the Commonwealth Government took over Cockatoo Island as a defence establishment. 1987 the Commonwealth Government concluded the lease of the dockyards, and closed it down in 1992.

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is preparing plans for how several unique Sydney harbour sites will be used, of which Cockatoo Island is one. You can absorb the convict and maritime history of the island on one of the guided tours.

Location: Sydney Harbour, 10 km from the Sydney Heads and 4 km west of the Harbour Bridge.

For further information you can contact:

Information Centre

Cockatoo Island
Ph: 02 8969 2199 (Bookings on Tues & Thurs 9 am - 5 pm)
Guided tours Sat 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Sun 10 am and 2 pm

Bookings essential.

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