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Heritage Holiday Houses

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From $625 night


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  • 8 guests (standard)
  • Up to 12 (extra)


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  • 1x bathroom (incl. toilet and shower)
  • Extra toilet and shower in laundry

Upper Island, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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Once home to Cockatoo Island’s medical officer and engineering manager, our 2 Federation-style heritage houses can each accommodate up to 12 people.

Set amidst lush gardens on the upper island, these beautifully restored dwellings – originally completed in 1916 – boast an outdoor barbeque and entertainment area, with views across to Hunters Hill.

Rates and inclusions

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Accommodation for 8 people across 2 or more nights:

  • Monday to Thursday – $625 per night
  • Friday to Sunday – $950 per night
  • Week-long hire – from $3560 (6 nights only)

A one night stay for 8 people:

  • Monday to Thursday – $825 per night
  • Friday to Sunday – unavailable
  • Bedding for additional guests can be purchased (See 'Paid extras')

[Note: Rates are subject to change for special events and public holidays.]

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Standard booking includes bedding for 8 guests across 4 bedrooms, namely:

  • 3 x King beds for a total of 6 guests (Note: Each king bed can be split into 2 single beds)
  • 1 x Double bed for 2 guests

Bedding for up to 4 additional guests is available, namely:

  • 1 x double sofa bed for 2 guests (additional $50 per night)
  • 1 x single rollaway for one guest (additional $50 per night)
  • 1 x king single bed in a 5th bedroom for one guest (additional $100 per night)
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Bedding for up to 4 additional guests can be added to your booking at the 'Optional extras' screen of our online booking platform.

Other paid extras include additional cleaning services, high chair and cot hire, and Cockatoo Overboard BBQ packs. BBQ packs must be preordered at least 48 hours prior to arrival.

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  • All linen and towels
  • Kitchen with microwave and fridge
  • Flat screen TV with DVD/CD player
  • Bluetooth music station and alarm clock
  • Bathroom and with toilet and shower 
  • Laundry with additional toilet and shower
  • Iron and board, washing machine, line and dryer
  • Heating, portable fans, hairdryer. 
  • Outdoor BBQ and table with seating for eight guests
  • Weekly cleaning service
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The Heritage House gardens are perfect for bespoke functions. Guests can hold events for up to 50 people. Fees apply. For more information, view our Hire Agreement for Event Bookings

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We regret that due to their heritage nature and position on the upper plateau, our Heritage Houses are not wheelchair accessible and may be unsuitable for anyone with difficulties climbing steps. To discuss a more accessible option, please email stay@cockatooisland.gov.au.

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What to bring – Food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and personal items.

Check-in/check-out – Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is by 11am.

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

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 us.

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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Family-friendly cafés

Cockatoo Overboard is located near the Visitor Centre on the Eastern Apron while Marina Café & Bar is situated in the historic Docks Precinct. See: Eat and drink

BBQ packs

BBQ packs are available for campers to pre-purchase from Cockatoo Overboard and prepare using the campground kitchen. The café requires at least 48 hours’ notice to prepare BBQ pack orders, so order well in advance. To order a BBQ pack, please click here

[Note: Cockatoo Overboard is not affiliated with the Cockatoo Island Accommodation. If you have to amend your campground booking or rain check, we cannot guarantee you will be able to amend your BBQ pack order.]

Before you book

Before you book a stay with us, please be aware of the following alerts and disruptions, which may affect your experience on the island.

Affected date: 12 October 2024

On Saturday 12 October, a music event will be held on Cockatoo Island. There will be amplified noise from 2pm until 10:30pm.

Planning to stay on 12 October 2024? Apply the promo code LIVEMUSIC at the start of your booking when choosing your arrival and departure dates to receive 5% off camping.

In proceeding with an accommodation booking on this date, you accept our T&Cs

Historical info

In 1914, the Naval Board of the Federal Department of Defence approved the construction of a limited number of residences at the island for essential dockyard staff.

Completed in 1916, the Heritage Holiday Houses are semi-detached dwellings on the island’s plateau and overlook the waterfront campground on the Northern Apron. Although their architectural style is predominantly Federation Arts and Craft, they were also influenced by the Queen Anne Style. The first occupants were the island’s Medical Officer, Dr Thomas William Francis, and the dockyard’s Engineering Manager, Jack Payne. Dr Francis served in his role from 1914 until his death in 1918. Meanwhile, Payne served as the Engineering Manager from 1912 to 1920, when he was promoted to General Manager – a position he held until his death in 1932.  

Helpful links

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