Accompanied by our experienced guide, your group will 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. Drawing on many fascinating stories and anecdotes, our guide will paint a vivid picture of the island’s convict, maritime, industrial and recent past.
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.
Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of at least ten people. Notes: Tours must be booked at least seven (7) days in advance, and if your group exceeds 28 people, an additional guide or guides will be organised. To arrange a Group History Tour, complete our group tour enquiry form.
Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: This 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.