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Crooked Characters Tour

  • Free tour
  • Online bookings only
  • Limited tickets available

This is a 45-minute tour, available on Saturdays during the NSW School Holidays at 1pm and 3pm. 

  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat
  • Kayak
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Meeting Point

Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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Get to know the charlatans, rogues, thieves and cut-throats that once populated Cockatoo Island, with our FREE Crooked Characters Tour.

This 45-minute guided tour, available during the NSW School Holidays, will take you and your family on a hilarious and fascinating journey through the island’s colonial history.  Our guides – master storytellers that they are – will tell tales and sing songs that vividly bring to life a colourful cast of real-life characters, from petty criminals through to notorious bushrangers and true-blue ruffians. Good old-fashioned fun is guaranteed!

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.

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Treat the whole family to a Crooked Characters Tour these school holidays. Be quick, limited tickets are available!
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Book a group tour

Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of at least ten people. To arrange a private booking, complete our group tour enquiry form.


Additional Info

All ages: Crooked Characters is a family-friendly tour; however, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Crooked Characters 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).

Weather: This tour will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather.

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