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Tours of Cockatoo Island

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Experience the best of Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, with our program of regular tours, catering for all ages, interests and personalities – from history buffs and thrill seekers through to families and seniors clubs.

Whether you want to see relics from a bygone era, journey into the supernatural or explore distinctive heritage buildings, our tours are an opportunity to discover what makes our heritage listed island so unique.

History Tours

Haunted History Tour

Secrets. Scandals. Skeletons... Cockatoo Island has its fair share of all three. Discover for yourself with our all-ages Haunted History Tour. As you explore atmospheric landmarks, our guide will blend mystery with history to captivate your imagination.

Ghostyard – A Paranormal Tour

As the witching hour approaches, embark on an adults-only journey into the supernatural realm with Ghostyard – A Paranormal Tour. As you search for ghosts, our guide will regale you with macabre true tales and unconfirmed sightings of ghastly apparitions.

Convict Precinct Tour

Discover Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct with our 45-minute tour of the upper island. Our guide will lead you through the turbulent history of the former penal establishment, stopping at iconic landmarks including the Mess Hall, Barracks, and Solitary Confinement Cells.

Crooked Characters Tour

Get to know the charlatans, rogues, thieves and cut-throats who once populated Cockatoo Island, with our free Crooked Characters Tour. This hour-long tour, available during the NSW School Holidays, is fun for the whole family.

Audio Tour

Journey through Cockatoo Island’s complex and layered history at your own pace with our engaging audio tour. Featuring an informative narrator, immersive sound effects and archival interviews, this self-guided tour paints a vivid picture of the island’s bygone days.

Group History Tour

Available in a 60-minute or 90-minute format, our Group History Tour is a guided journey through Cockatoo Island’s complex and layered history, from its use as a meeting place for the Eora People through to the convict and maritime eras.

Seniors Club Tour

Accompanied by our guide, the members of your Seniors Club will have an opportunity to learn about and visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct as well as the location of the island’s former shipyard, industrial school for girls and reformatory.