Friday, February 3, 2012

Day Trippin' - Cockatoo Island

Hello! How are you?
February already can you believe it?
Schools are back, life is getting into a routine again, so now I can stop, look back at the holidays, take stock and smile at the happy times, {oh and breathe a sigh of relief too - hmmm, a little yes,  just a little... having 2 young boys, can be somewhat of a challenge when it's 24-7!!}...

One of the best things we did in the school hols was to spend a day with some friends visiting Cockatoo Island. It's not until now, (that the munchkins have gone back to school - or in the case of my littlest man, gone for the FIRST time!) that I have found time to post about this. You know how it is, right?
Cockatoo Island
So,  a few words on Cockatoo Island:
 ~ it is the largest island in Sydney Harbour (and just a 10 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay in the heart of Sydney, and luckily for us also from our home suburb).
The island has been home to a an imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory and gaol. It is also the site of one of Australia's biggest shipyards during the twentieth century. The first of its two dry docks was built by convicts and completed in 1857. Today the island contains remains of a convict prison, houses dating from the 1840s, immense workshop spaces, cranes and dry docks, when we went there was also lots of street style / graffiti art left over after a recent exhibition. The combination of the edgy art, the industrial spaces and equipment, the harbour views and large open spaces for the kids to run amok in, made it a sure winner for a day trip! You can camp there too, in pre-pitched tents, we may try that out next time...

Okay, enough words, here's our day told in pictures:

oh what fun? Are you in Sydney too? If so you must visit, if you haven't already - it was really very interesting!
Did you have any day trips / days out in the holidays?

Sally xox


  1. fab post Sally :-) Love the skeleton mural too! x

  2. One of my favourite places. Last visit a Nick cave concert. You've got to dig the camp sites and wonderful communal kitchens. Best part, we race our boat around it often. Cool destination for families.