Thursday, 8 December 2016

Cockatoo Island, main entrance

Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour, located at the junction of the Parramatta River and the Lane Cove River. This is the main entrance from the ferry wharf, which sits alongside the administrative building. The island was originally heavily timbered in red gums which attracted many sulphur-crested cockatoos.  Cockatoo Island has been the site of a prison, reformatory, industrial school and shipyard. The heavy industry ceased in 1992 when the shipyard closed and ten years later it became a major venue for art exhibitions and festivals.


  1. It certainly has quite a history!!...:)JP

  2. That must be a great place for festivals!

    1. It certainly attracts a lot of visitors at festival times.

  3. Interesting name, and a perfect place for art festivals.

  4. Cockatoo Island was at its most productive and creative as a shipyard. Good news that it later became a major venue for art exhibitions and festivals, but what an awful shame that the shipyards were closed.

  5. Great name and lovely buildings too! It has quite a diverse history of use too!

  6. A famous landmark that has moved through many faces.


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