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Audio Tour


$5 per person 

  • Available for purchase between 10am and 4pm daily.
  • Duration: approximately 1½ hours
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat
  • Kayak
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Meeting Point

Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, NSW

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Journey through the 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 with former workers and residents, this self-guided tour paints a vivid picture of the island’s bygone days across 26 audio stops.

You’ll learn about the poor living conditions of convicts incarcerated in the island’s former penal establishment, and the hellish plight of the young women raised in the Biloela Public Industrial School for Girls and the Biloela Reformatory. You’ll also hear about the feats achieved by the thousands of workers employed at the island’s enormous shipyard during the 20th century and the enduring significance of the island for First Nations Peoples.

Plan Ahead

The easiest way to get to Cockatoo Island is by public ferry. The F3 and F8 services operate to Cockatoo Island daily, departing from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo as well as from wharves along Parramatta River. For further information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website. You can also visit Cockatoo Island by water taxi, private boat or kayak.


Ticket Prices

$5 per person (includes audio unit, headphones and a special map)

Note: The audio tour is available for purchase from the Visitor Centre between 10am and 4pm daily.

Book a group tour

We accept private bookings for groups of between ten and 30 people. To arrange a private booking for our audio tour, complete our group tour enquiry form.


Additional Info

All ages: There is no age restriction on the audio tour; however, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult as the tour contains mature themes.

Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: The audio tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.

Conditions: This tour involves a steep incline and some uneven surfaces, and it is not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required.

What to bring: Suitable walking shoes and wet weather clothing (if needed).

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