Link June 2018 Volume 27 Issue 3 - Page 50

travel You can walk and cycle across the bridge. Thrill seekers can also climb to the top for stunning views on a guided tour where you walk along the outer arch of the bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit. Another unforgettable way to admire the bridge is on a ferry (pictured right) or harbour sightseeing tour. harbour. Most areas of the island are Cockatoo Island wheelchair accessible. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cockatoo Island (pictured below) has played a Getting around The Sydney public transport Want to escape the city crowds? significant role in the progress of system provides wheelchair Jump on a train and head south to Sydney and is one of Australia’s most accessible trains, buses, ferries Cronulla and board the Cronulla ferry extraordinary historical sites. In 1839, and light rail. Ask staff for to Bundeena. Surrounded by the the Governor of New South Wales, assistance when boarding or Royal National Park, Bundeena has a Sir George Gipps selected Cockatoo leaving transport if required. Visit small population of easy-going locals Island as the site of a new penal Transport for NSW’s accessible who enjoy living close to nature. establishment. Initially, prisoners travel web page for more Along with neighbouring village, were transferred to Cockatoo Island information. Maianbar, it remains a popular home from Norfolk Island and they were put to a variety of artisans who sell their to work to build their barracks and art and craft in their studios, local rock-cut silos for storing the colony’s However, the prison complex was grain supply. soon put to other uses including shops and monthly Sunday markets. Established in 1879, the Royal an industrial school for girls and a National Park is one of the oldest were horrendous and in 1869 the separate reformatory. Between 1857 national parks in the world and covers settlement was closed which marked and 1991, Cockatoo Island was also a wide range of landscapes including the end of the island’s convict period. the site of one of Australia’s biggest open grassland, river valleys, littoral shipyard operations and now it rainforest, ocean-fronting clifftops contains the nation’s most extensive and secluded beaches. Originally and varied record of shipbuilding and named ‘National Park’, it was retitled dockyards. in 1955 after Queen Elizabeth II Living conditions for prisoners Inaccessible to the public for more than 100 years, visitors can now experience the crucial role travel passed by in a train during her 1954 Australian tour. Relax on beautiful beaches or Cockatoo Island has played in go swimming, fishing, bushwalking, Australia’s convict, shipbuilding and camping, boating, kayaking, industrial history. Take a guided or snorkelling and wildlife spotting. self-guided tour and stay overnight There’s also plenty of ancient at the world’s first urban waterfront Aboriginal heritage to explore. campground with superb views of the 50 Royal National Park