Cockatoo Island and The Island Bar

First video post of the year! I’ve been looking forward to sharing this one with you guys. I went to the Cockatoo Island a few weeks ago and had a lovely time wondering around the island – the cafe (Societe Catering) even made vegan ‘halloumi’ burger (i.e., no halloumi) for me.

Hope you enjoy the video. Scroll down for some more photos from the island and the Island Bar.

More photos from the day

The ferry ride from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island. It was a 20-30 minutes scenic ride.

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There are so many spectacular historical building and amazing industrial artefacts on this island. It’s like going back in time to the first settlement. I learned so much about the convicts, maritime and wartime history just by walking around the island and reading all the information displays along the precinct along the way. From the solitary confinement cells to the heavy industrial engineering to the spectacular views of the harbour there is plenty to see, admire and reflect upon.

Uninterrupted view of the harbour. Simply breathtaking.

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The island seagulls. They clearly run the island and they are not afraid to show it. Try not to upset them or risk losing an eye.

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The Dog Leg Tunnel. It is 187 metres long and just three metres wide, and was originally built for workers and materials to go from one side of the island to the other. A bit eerie and cold but decorated with beautiful sandstone walls.

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Very artistic-looking industrial remains.

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Old submarine crane. These were massive.

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Military guardhouse.

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Solitary confinement cells

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Ship design precinct. Where workers designed and built warships.

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Camping site. You can camp here for $40-$50 a night or take up ‘glamping’ – yes, you guessed it, glamour camping. No equipment required, you just need to bring clothes, food and drink and you’re good to go.

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The Island Bar

It felt rather weird after taking a historical walk around the island which makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and then hopping into this super hip, modern bar. It didn’t take long for me to get used to it though.

What can I say. It’s bar on an island with an unobstructed view of the harbour. If you can forget the fact that you’re on dry dock and focus on the colourful marine theme decorating the place you could even fool yourself into thinking that you’re sitting on a beach.

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Honestly, parts of the island were a bit subdue and sombre enough that I welcomed the happy and relaxed atmosphere in the bar. Yellow beach chairs, stripy umbrellas, cocktail bar… Hello.

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And now, the cocktail ShhhhhHHHH… With a name like that, I just had to order it. Havana club, pineapple juice, maraschino, fresh lime juice and pomegranate syrup. Delissshhhhhh.

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Can’t wait come back again.

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