Cockatoo Island in Melbourne, Australia
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site!
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Best time to visit
Mar - May, Sep - Nov
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About Cockatoo Island in Melbourne
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.
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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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