Cockatoo Island

On May 1, 2009 the new X-Men movie will be released. It’s called X-Men Origins, Wolverine and features Hugh Jackman in the leading role of Wolverine.

As you all know, Hugh Jackman is Australian and it is perhaps no real surprise to learn that parts of the movie were shot on Cockatoo Island, the largest island in the Sydney harbor. Cockatoo island is open to the public and I visited there last year with friends and heard that a movie was being filmed there, but not realizing at the time which one it was.

Cockatoo is quite a place. For starters the views from the island of Sydney are nothing short of spectacular. The ferry ride there is also a great way to see this amazingly picturesque city from the water. No one lives on the island. It has a interesting past starting out as a ship yard. The first of its two dry docks were built by convicts in 1857. The island has also been used as an imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory and gaol.  It has not been in use since 1992.

It was opened to the public in 2007 and you can take regular ferry rides from Circular Quay. Its prison buildings have been nominated for World Heritage listing. Today, you can can visit the workshops, slipways, wharves, residences and other buildings, all remnants of the island’s industrial past.

I decided to display these images in B&W to emphazise the desolate and somewhat dark history of the island. Having said that, it is actually a great place to visit, there is even a camping site on the island and I am sure there are few places in the world where you wake up in the morning to such magnificent views from your tent.

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