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Cockatoo Island

Yan Yan Chan


The perfect beginning to a weekend, 20 something degree weather, still air (Sydney's had the worst of luck with winds lately), a visit to Cockatoo Island, a glamp tent set up on the water, and too good to be true, blue skies and ocean in almost every direction you turn- I indulged the view to the maximum. We packed nothing but good music, snacks and wine - I even cooked up some vegetarian burgers which we had over sunset accompanied by smoked mushrooms, brie and Merlot..
This was glamping. Can I just retire here?

Recommendations.. First, I suggest taking the ferry that has the longest route, because the harbour is breathtakingly photogenic and crazy beautiful. Depending on the weather, a light coat or wooly shawl does the trick, it does get pretty chilly and windy at night, but nothing too major. Be ok with a backpack and light packing, it's first class camping but it is camping after all. All you really need are snacks, cutlery, bathroom necessities and a change of outfit, if need be. Beds, towels, shampoo's and an esky come with the tent along with two lanterns. Be prepared to relax. This sounds weird, but it took a while for me to really enjoy the sunset without having to check an email and blank out deadlines, work and whatever else out of my mind. It's the perfect secluded location for anyone that needs to get away from the city, but can't afford that 2 hour + drive. Reading, drawing, yoga, writing.. whatever your "me time" is, bring it. Just a 15 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay.. warm beverages (we had chai), snacks and a good mind set is all you need.

Thank you boohoo.com & Madeline for the lovely night.