Cockatoo Island In Melbourne
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Cockatoo Island, Melbourne (Australia)
Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO world heritage site and the largest island in the Sydney Harbour. Cockatoo Island Sydney was originally a fishing base that was used by the indigenous people of Australia. It was later occupied by Britain. For a period of time, Cockatoo Island Australia served as a convict penal establishment for convicts who reoffended the colonies between 1839 and 1869. Cockatoo Island New South Wales was also the site of Australia’s largest shipyard between 1857 and 1991. The original dry docks in the shipyard were built by the convicts who were imprisoned there. Cockatoo Island Sydney Australia was proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010 and managed by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust since 2001. The island was also a major partner in the 16th Biennale of Sydney and since been organizing large festivals and celebrations. It is also a popular place on New Year’s Eve every year with thousands visiting the island to witness the fireworks at the Sydney Harbour and the party whole night.
The significance of Cockatoo Island:
Cockatoo Island day trip is a major component of every tour package to Sydney, and it involves the whole tour of the island while being assisted by a tour guide. Tourists are shown the various building on the island, and its history is explained to them. The island also has a history of paranormal occurrences. The Cockatoo Island ghost yard paranormal tours and the Haunted history tours are the major things to do in Cockatoo Island. The island is a treasure chest of knowledge and history. It showcases the cultural, social and ethnic changes in the history of the nation. The island is also a famous and crowded camping site and various Cockatoo Island camping packages are provided by the authorities. The island has also witnessed the world wars, and over 4000 soldiers lived on the island during the world war. The shipyard was converted to fit the Royal Navy ships during the war. The island was a military stronghold and high-value asset during the war.
Things to Do at Cockatoo Island
One can enjoy watching a film at the campground cinema which is in the Historic Convict Precinct and is just perfect to lay down on the bean bags and watch a film from the free selection of films. The cinema has the capacity to accommodate up to 30 people at a time. Enjoy campground firepit as the night falls and share tales and experiences while relishing marshmallows in front of the bonfire. One can even play basketball at the harbor side basketball court and can rent a basketball from the visitor’s center for $5. If one is traveling with kids, then take a free activity book from the visitor’s center which includes challenges like ship shape, convict clues, etc.
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Trip to SydneyI could customize my trip and also everything was as per plan and hassle free. i have only one suggestion- Please aware customer about the Visa deadlines when you yourself bear the cost. It costed me more and risk of not meeting deadline was faced just because of lack of communication on time. Also the victoria hotel in melbourne is good. But my experience with Novotel Rockford hotel in sydney was not good.
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Trip to SydneyNice trip. Well organised. Proper feedback from travel company during travel. All things were properly managed. Surfer paradise good place to visit. Cairns Also very good. Sydney is amazing. Australia is best.
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Trip to SydneySydney boulevard hotel was not upto standard. We requested for vegetarian breakfast to Mr. Wasim at reception. First he showed his reluctance and then he said he would try. Next day at restaurant, we were informed that they did not receive any request from the reception. However chef was very cooperative and he prepared veg. meal. Everything else was excellent Many, hot air balloon, great barrier reef, bridge climb, everything was just great
Trip to SydneyI am overall not satisfied with travel agent services. In the digital world, it is easy to book everything of its own. Despite this I had to engage with them at every step from booking hotel to flights to sight seeing to make sure that all overall experience be smooth. For flight bookings, small things like timings of the flight (to maximise time at Sydney) were not taken care. They didn't even book meals !! Being vegetarian I had to face issues in international flights. Worsely for one of the domestic flights, my luggage was not included in the price. I had to shell out 150 AUD additionally at the last moment !! I was not given any guidelines for baggage allowance and restricted items limit, as a result I had to loose so much important stuff during security checking. In hotels, both hotels of my choice got missed out and I had to pay so much extra amount for the left over high end room categories. Also I was not satisfied with the initial proposal of Sydney hotels (not enough thought is given into these things unless told). In sight seeing, one of my tours was not delivered as promised. I had to additionally pay approx 120 AUD for those things due to mis management from the travel agent side and despite mentioning about those discrepancies, action has not been taken. What went well ? - I found the team good in terms of having knowledge about the places and site seeing activities to visit based on occasion. The team went above in terms of explaining how things work whenever we had any booking issues and make any adjustments. The team cooperated by sharing extra amount that I had to pay for higher end hotel. Overall I am not satisfied with this model especially in the digitally informed age. There is no control in user experience once someone reaches there, you are mostly on own. Especially in international travel, when some one is spending so much money, I do not see enough value for money and time.
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The opening hours of Cockatoo Island are 10 am to 4 pm.
Yes, swimming is allowed at the Cockatoo Island. One can even enjoy kayaking here.
There is a $2.50 entry fee into the island. This is exclusive of the tour packages offered by the island.
The island was a fishing base of the aboriginal people before it was converted into a convict penal colony and then into a shipyard.
There are ferries at regular intervals from Sydney Harbour to the island.
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