Postcard from Cockatoo Island
Sydney often seems too shiny and new to harbor any past secrets. However, a visit to Cockatoo Island is a sunshine-infused reminder of the city’s convict and industrial past. And not a bad place to have a beer with a view, either…
A former imperial prison and once Sydney’s biggest shipyard, the prison buildings of Cockatoo Island are now UNESCO-protected and sport some seriously awesome typography. The heritage island also plays host to many cultural events throughout the year, such as the Outpost Project street art exposition. Just a short ferry ride out of Circular Quay, it’s a fantastic alternative to another beach day in Sydney.
You can stay over at one of the world’s first urban waterfront campsites: both glamping and camping tents are available to hire. It might not be full of white sand beaches and swaying palm trees, but you can’t beat sleeping under the stars in the heart of city.