For A Picnic On A Prison Island

The famous Cockatoo Island is located at Sydney Harbor. In the past, the prisoners had to work here but today tourists from all over the world come here to camp and look for new experiences. Cockatoo Island is a place with a lot of history and is an absolute dream location for those who are looking for a relaxation cavort while the British Empire laid down its warships here in the past. The only campsite in the city is on Cockatoo Island. The fresh and green lawn attracts campers as well as the unique connection to the city center. In the modern buildings, you have everything you need for camping from the shower, washrooms to kitchenettes or TV, everything is available here.

A Prison Island
A Prison Island

After all, the locations like this can’t be found easily every day in Sydney now. The city is easily accessible because the ferry runs once an hour to Circular Quay in the center. The view is breathtaking. To the left of the island, you can see the Olympic site, to the right of it the world-famous Harbor Bridge rises into the sky. That makes the picnic on Cockatoo Island a unique experience. But that’s not all, the island is a place steeped in history. The disused shipyard halls and supply buildings are still on the 500 meters long and 360-meter island. There is also an underworld hidden on Cockatoo Island. You can explore it with guides of the state-owned Sydney Harbor Trust.

A Former Prison 

The island has only been open to the public for thirteen years. It was previously unused after the last shipyard shutdown. Initially, the Aborigines used the island for fishing. Incidentally, people named it after the cockatoo tools used for fishing. In 1839, the British colonial rulers established a prison here because the place is just perfect for it. On the one hand, deep water surrounds it and at the same time, the are is visible to everyone. The British soldiers knew how to use these natural advantages. Up to 500 prisoners have been locked here. The prisoners were forced to build the buildings for themselves, and they did their work in stone quarries. There the sandstone was mined for numerous buildings in Sydney. The prisoners also built the first dry dock on the island that was closed in 1869, and then they used the island for shipping. The prison was used again and again as a temporary solution, but its time was over.

A Former Prison
A Former Prison

Cockatoo was developed into the most crucial war yard in Australia. The island and its infrastructure served well as a central repair base for the Allies in the Southwest Pacific. At that time, 4,000 men and women worked here. At the same time, the island offered them great protection. The 300-meter long dogleg tunnel runs under the island. A few years ago it even served as a nightclub during a music festival. Years ago, the Harbor Trust invested around 36 million euros in upgrading the island. There is now a space for 2,000 tents. After many twists and turns in its history, the island has found a new purpose.

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