Cockatoo Island

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We needed an excuse to ride the ferry.  Okay, not really, but having a destination is a good idea rather than randomly riding the ferries around with kids.  So Cockatoo Island it was!  Being on the water gives you such a good view of the bridge and the opera house. Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? There’s a sticker or something on JitterBug’s forehead.  It isn’t your computer screen! Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Hey, look, we were inside that pylon!  We walked across that bridge!  Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? If you zoom out on this map you’ll see that the opera house is to the east.   If you zoom in you can see some of the buildings on the island.   And here we are.  It’s an island steeped in history.  Guess what it was first used for?  Remember, we’re in Australia. Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? It was a penal colony, of course. Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? There were a couple of tunnels leading from one side of the island to the other. Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? It was also a naval shipyard.  Australia’s first steel naval warship was built here.  It was the major point for shipbuilding during World War II. Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? We found a sign saying that a scene from the movie Unbroken had been filmed here.  There were some pictures showing a snowy scene.  Probably the only snow this island has seen in the last century! Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes?Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes?Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? The kids got a little bored, but they managed to keep themselves occupied.  There’s an audio tour available, and a treasure hunt-type thing for the kids to complete.  We didn’t do either, because sometimes it’s nice to go to a place and just be there, rather than having everything be a huge learning event.  We wandered around and marvelled at the large buildings, imagining huge ships being built.  At the end we got ice cream, so they were happy. Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? This kid looks older than his ten years in this picture.  I think it’s the graffiti hat.  It’s only when you look more closely that you realise it’s a Disney hat.  :)  Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? We wandered around the island for a couple of hours and then headed back on the ferry. Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? Cockatoo Island ~ How Many More Minutes? You can even camp on the island.  Or glamp (luxury camping).  I was surprised at the camping bit, I’m not sure why it would be a camping destination.  From the number of tents around it looked like it must get popular at times.  I’m sure many school groups visit here, we only saw one group of older students the day we visited.  It rained a bit, and it was windy, but we survived and had fun riding the ferry.  🙂

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