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From Sandstone to Steel: A Walking History Tour

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  • Tickets: $45 per adult
  • Overnight Fright Experience: $205
  • 9pm until 11pm
  • Saturday evenings
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
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Meeting Point

Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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The Sixth Sense. Paranormal Activity. The Conjuring. Ghosts continue to captivate the public imagination, satisfying our primeval desire for a good scare… but the supernatural isn’t just the stuff of Hollywood.

From unconfirmed sightings of ghastly apparitions to dread-inducing felt experiences, Cockatoo Island has a history of paranormal occurrences that stretches back more than a century.

Find out for yourself with Ghostyard – A Paranormal Tour. To expose unseen forces, we’ve equipped your guide with a K-II EMF reader and a pendulum – devices used in paranormal detection.

As you search for ghosts in buildings rarely open to the public, you’ll hear macabre true tales, including grisly murders, botched prison escapes and incidents of gang violence.

Overnight Fright

Book our Overnight Fright Experience. After the tour, you’ll stay the night at our waterfront campground. No need to bring or pitch a tent – we’ll take care of that, so you can remain on high alert for spectral beings. Pleasant dreams, campers!


Ghost Gallery

If you or a friend spot a ghost, share your scare on Instagram!

Tag us (@cockatooisland) and use the hashtags #CockatooIslandGhostyard and #CockatooIsland.


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

  • Tour Tickets: $45 per adult [Note: Ticketholders must be 18 years of age or older]
  • Overnight Fright Experience: $205 [Note: Includes one ticket plus a Deluxe Camping Package, valid for an overnight stay on the evening of your tour. Tent sleeps up to two people. If you are staying with a second guest, they must purchase a ticket for Ghostyard if they wish to join the tour.]

To view what is included in the Deluxe Camping Package, See: Waterfront Campground.

Note: Tickets must be purchased online.

Book a group tour

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.

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Additional Info

Adults only: Ghostyard contains material that some participants may find confronting including but not limited to suicide, mistreatment of children, harsh living conditions, loss of infancy and life. Therefore, it is only suitable for people 18 years and over.

Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Ghostyard 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, wet weather clothing (if needed) and a torch (phone flashlights are adequate).

Getting home: Ghostyard concludes at the Visitor Centre at 11pm. The final ferry to Circular Quay departs Cockatoo Island at 11.19pm and the final ferry to Sydney Olympic Park departs at 11.58pm.

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

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