During the Convict Precinct Tour, our guide will lead you through the turbulent history of the island's former penal establishment, stopping at iconic landmarks including the Mess Hall, Barracks, Guardhouse, Military Officers Quarters and Solitary Confinement Cells. You’ll also hear about the history of the island’s former shipbuilding yard, industrial school for girls and reformatory.
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.
Note: Tickets can be purchased online or at the Visitor Centre on the day of the tour (subject to availability).
Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of at least ten people. Note: Private group tours are not available on Saturday nights. To arrange a private booking, complete our group tour enquiry form.
Content warning: Although this is an all-ages tour, people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult as our guide will address potentially confronting.
Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: The tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.
Island 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).
Weather: This tour will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather.