Biennale of Sydney

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island

Image courtesy of Airview Online

Exhibiting Artists

Inscribed on the UNESCO World-Heritage List as one of the best surviving examples of convict transportation and colonial expansion through convict labour, Cockatoo Island was off-limits to the public for more than 100 years. It is Sydney’s largest island, and as a result of its pivotal role in Australia’s convict and defence history, it retains an incredible legacy of over 80 colonial and industrial assets including buildings, cranes, docks and slipways. The Biennale first used Cockatoo Island as a venue in 2008. The 21st Biennale of Sydney spans the breadth of the island.

Address and Opening Hours

Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour

Exhibition hours
Daily, 10 am–5 pm

Superposition Studio
Daily, 10 am–5 pm

Contained Bar & Restaurant
Monday–Saturday, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, 11 am–7 pm

Bar on the Hill
Thursday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
Friday, 5–7 pm (for event bookings of 30 or more guests)

Camping and accommodation:
or 02 89692111

Further information:
or 02 8969 2100

Getting There

The F8 Cockatoo Island Ferry runs from Circular Quay. Regular ferry services also run from Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, or any of the wharves along the F3 Parramatta River route. Go to for ferry ticket and timetable infomration.


Hazards such as voids and uneven surfaces exist on Cockatoo Island, a former industrial site. A number of buildings are not accessible by wheelchair; others are darkened and require extra vigilance.