Cockatoo Island

Image courtesy of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
Image courtesy of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Only a short ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD, World-Heritage listed Cockatoo Island is Sydney Harbour’s largest island. Accessible via ferry, water taxi or private vessel. Short stay private vessel berthing is available through the Cockatoo Island Marine Centre. A former convict prison and industrial shipyard, Cockatoo Island has been a Biennale venue since 2008. Please remember that bookings are essential for the Biennale Ferry.


Cockatoo Island has a range of options for when you’re on the island – you can enjoy stunning views of Sydney Harbour while relaxing at one of the island’s numerous eateries.

Societe Overboard Cafe
Marina Cafe
The Island Bar
Bamboo Dumpling Bar
Yering Station Wine Bar

You can also bring your own picnic. There are a limited number of BBQs available to hire from the campground office on 02 8898 9774.


Why limit your Biennale visit to only one day? Cockatoo Island is home to the world’s first urban campground, surrounded by breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour. Accommodation options are available to suit all budgets and tastes, including Glamping (glam-camping), Camping, Harbour View Apartments and Heritage Holiday Houses. During the Biennale you can Camp or Glamp for two nights and receive 25% off. Find out more.

Find out more about accommodation on the Cockatoo Island website.


Cockatoo Island is a former industrial site. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Visitors are requested to wear appropriate enclosed footwear and comply with all signage on the island. We ask that you mind your step and beware of hazards. Please do not walk backwards – there are occasional uneven surfaces, voids, trip hazards and cliffs. A number of buildings are darkened and require extra vigilance. Please take care at all times. There is no smoking in buildings on Cockatoo Island and animals are not allowed on the island.