The ferry ride along the Parramatta River to Cockatoo Island is a scenic one. The ferry takes you along the stops through Parramatta, Rydalmere and Kissing Point just to name a few. The trip takes just over an hour if you leave from Parramatta Wharf, leaving from other stops along the way would then take less time. The journey along the way shows the picturesque views of the river and the different buildings alongside the way. When you get close to the Island, Sydney Harbour is in view. It’s a fun ride for the family which the kids will enjoy, especially if you sit outside in summer, the sea breeze is a refreshing change from the Sydney heat. The passing boats and occasional dolphin sighting will add to the excitement to the trip.