Sydney: Cockatoo Island (…the accidental film set)

OK, so weird fact about Lucy and I – we both love anything to do with murders, prisons and anything a bit gruesome, so when we heard about Cockatoo Island we knew it was worth a visit. Cockatoo Island is a little island located in the harbour but when you’re there it feels like you’re a million miles away from the city and even from the current day, it really feels like an island that’s lost in time.
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Now I can’t remember all the facts that I learnt about the island (the $5 audio tour was actually really cool and interesting!) but I will say that between 1839 and 1869 Cockatoo Island was an island for convicts who had re-offended and was NOT a place you wanted to end up. In 1869 the convicts were relocated and the island became a reform school for girls and a very sad place to grow up,
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So weirdly enough you can actually camp on the island, as you start the tour around the old barracks you can see lots of little tents lined up amongst the old metal ruins. The views across the harbour of the city were pretty sweet from here too!
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Walking through the ruins was really interesting, we had the audio tour playing in our ears telling us stories of how the convicts would have lived and the conditions that they had to deal with.
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We then walked around the parts of the island that were used to house young girls who had committed petty crimes, it was really sad to walk around there and listen to the lives that these young girls would have lived. This place had a real eerie feel to it and a real sad atmosphere.
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We walked to another part of the island that is called the Industrial Centre, the insides looked like a factory and had old discarded machines inside, whilst I was walking taking photos Lucy gasped and starting freaking out “They filmed Wolverine here! They filmed Wolverine here!”…low and behold, they had filmed Wolverine there! We found this VERY exciting (the film Unbroken had also been filmed there too but c’mon guys it’s Wolverine!)
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The video below is the scene that was shot on the island, it also features Hugh Jackman naked so it’s worth a watch…just saying.

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We really enjoyed our trip around Cockatoo Island, finding out about the history and walking amongst it all was great. It was hard to believe we were only a 5 minute ferry ride from the city’s harbour, it’s definetly worth a visit, if just to geek out about the Wolverine set!

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