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Moon Shine - Cockatoo Island - Sydney - Australia by Bryan Freeman

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By the light of the moon, the furnace room takes on an eerie glow and we’re ready to hear some more ghost & horror stories. WooooooOOooooOoooo……(cue scary music……..)

We went to Cockatoo Island in Winter 2010, mainly to see the art installations for the 17th Biennale of Sydney.

The art work is amazing and so is the island in general, with lots of old buildings with paint flaking and peeling off, rusty old cranes with cracked and broken windows, views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the higher part of the island and tunnels to explore as well.

For those people who live in Sydney or plan to visit Sydney in the next couple of months, it’s a great place to visit, especially while the Biennale is on as there are free ferries to and from the island every half hour on weekends. Once the Biennale finishes you’ll have to pay for a ferry to and from the island but it’s well worth it.

There are two (very expensive) cafes near the ferry wharf or you can take your own food with you.

Canon 7D
Canon Lens 15-85mm
HDR, 3 images, tonemapped then did some selective colouring.

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The following is taken from Wikipedia

Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, Cockatoo Island is a former imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory and gaol. It was 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 was completed in 1857. The island’s maritime industrial activity ceased in 1992.

In late March 2005 the island was re-opened to the public for the ‘Cockatoo Island 2005 Festival’ Cockatoo Island Festival. The island is currently managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust which is currently revitalising the island as a landmark harbour attraction, with commercial maritime activity, cultural events and a campsite operating alongside interpretation of the island’s heritage. Today Cockatoo Island retains many remnants of its past. Its prison buildings have been nominated for World Heritage listing, along with other convict sites around Australia. Large workshops, slipways, wharves, residences and other buildings retain the texture of the island’s industrial past.

Always a Sydney landmark, Cockatoo Island commands magnificent views of Sydney Harbour. A campsite opened on the island in 2008, and campers can bring their own tents or take a camping package, which includes a pre-erected tent. The island’s views of the Harbour Bridge and harbour make it a popular spot for watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks, attracting over two thousand campers for its second New Year’s Eve event in 2009. Two heritage dockyard residences are now also available as holiday houses.

The island has become much more accessible since Sydney Ferries increased their services to Cockatoo Island. It is now a stop on the Woolwich/Balmain ferry route as well as the Parramatta RiverCat route. Day visitors are also welcome, and can picnic, barbecue, visit the cafe, wander at leisure or take an audio or guided tour. Cockatoo Island is open daily and there is no admission charge.

Regular events and art installations are a feature of the island.

In the intervening years since the 2005 Cockatoo Island Festival, the island has grown into a versatile venue on Sydney’s cultural calendar. It hosted the contemporary art exhibition the Biennale of Sydney in 2008, attracting over 80,000 visitors over 12 weeks, and is hosting the 2010 Biennale May 12th to August 1st 2010. Cockatoo Island also hosted the Sydney Festival’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties” music festival in January 2009. The 2 day festival included twenty-four bands over four stages across the island, and was curated and headlined by Nick Cave, attracting an audience of over 11,000. The island also hosted the World’s Funniest Island Comedy Festival in October 2009, with 200 comedy acts appearing over a weekend, attracting over 8,000 visitors. There are plans to repeat the comedy festival in 2010, and discussions are also continuing with Sydney Festival and other cultural bodies for future events.

The island is also increasingly used as a a venue for private events both large and small. Part of the blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine was filmed there in 2008.

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I live in Sydney, Australia and love to travel. I enjoy creating landscapes scenes using my Canon DSLR cameras and lenses.

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  • Bruce Miller
    Bruce Millerover 4 years ago

    Stunning image!!!!

  • Thanks very much Bruce.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 4 years ago

    ive quite often thought of camping out there there must be some great light at various hours of the day good capture Bryan

  • Thaks Philip. I’d like to camp there too one day. Summer would probably be the best time as winter winds would blow right through the camping area I think. I actually took this one during the day.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 4 years ago

    yes i believe there are some premises too to rent for the weekend , and yes it would definitely be creepy of a night, would be good by a full moon

  • Yes, a full moon would be great. You’d get some amazing photos. Now….just gotta convince the wife to get back out there at night (she didn’t like it during the day though…..)

    – Bryan Freeman

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelover 4 years ago

  • Woohoo! Awesome stuff. Thanks very much.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 4 years ago

    Terrific photo! Marvelous mood!

  • Thanks very much Heather.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrover 4 years ago

    wonderful capture. I like the ladder going up to the roof of the bldg. through the window. Di

  • Thanks Di, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago


  • Thanks very much Karen.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Heather Davies
    Heather Daviesabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous image Bryan, love the composition, light & colour! :)

  • Thnaks very much Heather, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonabout 3 years ago

    Powerful image, Congratulations!
    Click HERE to view your feature!!!

  • Awesome news! Thanks very much Melissa.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Kris Montgomery
    Kris Montgomeryabout 3 years ago

    Great atmosphere in this shot Bryan… terrific capture!

  • Thanks very much Kris, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

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