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Sleeps

Two and four guests per tent (varies depending on camping option)

 

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Rates

Options range from $45 to $360 per night.

 

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Bathrooms

The campground has toilets and hot showers, including accessible facilities.

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Location

Northern Apron, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, NSW

 

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Check into our award-winning* waterfront campground, featuring unbeatable views of Sydney Harbour as well as access to scenic picnic spots, BBQ facilities and cafés!

Whether you’re a tourist or a local wanting a staycation, our campground represents a unique experience – a night (or longer) under the stars in the heart of the world’s best harbour! We offer five camping options, catering for a range of budgets, group sizes and occasions, including romantic getaways and family vacations. Want to combine your love of the Great Outdoors with your desire for homely comforts? Select a Deluxe Package for a truly luxe experience.

*Cockatoo Island received a Recognition of Excellence Award from HotelsCombined in 2018 – a testament to the popularity and quality of our accommodation offering. 

Options and rates

Camping Site Only – From $45 per night arrow

If you’re a seasoned camper, or on a budget, this 'BYO tent' option enables you to bring and pitch your own tent or swag. 

  • Monday to Thursday – From $45 per night
  • Friday to Sunday – From $50 per night
  • Additional person – From $12.50 per night

[Note: The BYO tent option includes an unpowered 4m x 4m site that sleeps a maximum of four guests.]

Camping Package – From $89 per night arrow

When you select our standard camping package, we arrange a pre-erected tent so you can to focus on relaxation and recreation.

  • Monday to Thursday – From $89 per night
  • Friday to Sunday – From $99 per night

[Note: Sleeps up to three adults OR two adults and two small children]

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Deluxe Package – From $130 per night arrow

This packages includes a pre-furnished tent for two guests plus Appelles Apothecary toiletries, making it ideal for a romantic getaway.  

  • Monday to Thursday – From $130 per night
  • Friday to Sunday – From $155 per night

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Deluxe Waterfront Packages – From $150 per night arrow

Deluxe Waterfront Camping Package

This package is an opportunity to camp directly on the waterfront, enabling you to watch the sun set and rise on Sydney Parbour! Includes a pre-furnished tent, which comfortably sleeps two guests, plus Appelles Apothecary toiletries. Bedding for one additional guest available. 

  • Monday to Thursday – From $150 per night
  • Friday to Sunday – From $175 per night
  • Additional person (max. one person) – From $30 per night

[Note: Additional person will need to bring their own sleeping bag.]

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Deluxe Waterfront Two-Bedroom Camping Package

This package includes two pre-furnished tents with a covered communal area plus Appelles Apothecary toiletries. Comfortably sleeps four guests; however, bedding for an additional two people is available. 

  • Monday to Thursday – From $310 per night
  • Friday to Sunday – From $360 per night
  • Additional person (max. two people)* – From $30 per night

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[Note: Additional persons will need to bring their own sleeping bag.]

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What’s included

Check out what's included in each of our camping packages...

  Camping Package Deluxe Package Deluxe Waterfront Package Deluxe Waterfront Two Bedroom Package
Pre-erected dome tent 2.4m x 2.4m tent 2.4m x 2.4m tent 3m x 3m tent Two 3m x 3m tents with covered communal area
Bedding Two sleeping mats Two raised single beds Two raised single beds Four raised single beds
Seating Camping chairs Camping chairs Sun lounges Sun Lounges
Linen, quilts, pillows and towels No Yes Yes Yes
Esky and lantern No No Yes Yes
Side table No Yes Yes Yes
Toiletries  No Yes Yes Yes

[Note: Camping site only (BYO tent) option includes an unpowered 4m x 4m site.]

Spring Saver Deal

Now's the time to make Cockatoo Island your home away from home...

LIMITED TIME ONLY: To celebrate Spring, we’re offering a MASSIVE discount on stays in our award-winning heritage accommodation and campground! Our Spring Saver Deal entitles you to 30% off weeknight rates (Monday to Friday) when you stay with us for two or more nights during September 2020. To unlock this discount, enter the promo code SPRINGSAVER when making an online booking. Be quick – this offer is only available between Monday 7 September and Wednesday 30 September. T&Cs apply.

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Additional info

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All campers have access to toilets, hot showers and a communal kitchen featuring sheltered facilities. These include barbeques, boiling water, fridges, microwaves, a vending machine and seating for up to 50 people. The campground also feature a fire pit, located towards the slipways. For more information, see FAQs

 

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Head to Cockatoo Island’s Visitor Centre, a short walk from the campground, to purchase additional mattresses ($10 per night), sundry food items, toiletries, ear plugs, camper packs and sleeping bags. Our friendly accommodation staff are on-hand to offer help – just ask!

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The campground is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible shower and toilet available. Please note: tents have a step to enter, which is not suitable for wheelchair access. To discuss accessibility, contact stay@cockatooisland.gov.au.

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Check-in/check-out – Check-in is from 2pm and check-out is by 10am.

Meal options – For a care-free stay, we offer convenient meal options. The island’s family-friendly venues, Societe Overboard and Marina Café and Bar, operate daily and are licensed to serve alcohol. Guests can also preorder BBQ and breakfast packs, ahead of their stay, to prepare at the campground kitchen. 

Getting here – The easiest way to get to Cockatoo Island is by public ferry. The F3 and F8 services operate to Cockatoo Island daily, departing from Circular Quay and Barangaroo as well as from wharves along Parramatta River. For further information, see: Visit.

Terms and conditions – Ahead of your stay, please familiarise yourself with our accommodation T&Cs.

Booking platform – Need some pointers for using our online booking platform? Check out our useful 'How to' guide.  

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Depending on your selected camping package, we recommend you bring the following:

  • Camping Package – Sleeping bags, pillows, a torch, food, non-alcoholic beverages, cooking utensils, cutlery, plates and personal items.
  • Deluxe Camping Package – Food, non-alcoholic beverages, cooking utensils, cutlery, plates, personal items and a torch. 
  • Deluxe Waterfront Camping Package – Food, non-alcoholic beverages, cooking utensils, cutlery, plates and personal items. 
  • Deluxe Waterfront Two-Bedroom Camping Package – Food, non-alcoholic beverages, cooking utensils, cutlery, plates and personal items. 
  • Camping Site Only (BYO tent) – A tent, sleeping bags, pillows, torch, food, non-alcoholic beverages, cooking utensils, cutlery, plates and personal items. 
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To ensure the safety and wellbeing of guests, we have reduced the number of camping options available to book. Only a quarter of our existing tents will be available, and we will be enforcing a limit of 100 campers, to enable guests to adhere to social distancing regulations. The capacity of our campground will increase over time, in line with Government restrictions.

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