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Our Venues

With its distinctive mix of heritage architecture and stunning harbour views, Cockatoo Island offers an opportunity to hold your next event in a truly unique setting.

From gritty industrial spaces on the waterfront through to striking sandstone buildings, we offer iconic venues for different budgets, requirements and occasions.

Event Venues

Our indoor and outdoor venues at Cockatoo Island are ideal for a range of events, from corporate functions, commercial shoots and sporting displays through to art exhibitions and live music.

Industrial Precinct

Featuring exposed steel beams, cathedral-like ceilings and sandstone details, the interconnected buildings that make up this historic precinct boast a gritty industrial character that will transport event attendees to a bygone era.

Eastern Apron

Set against the dramatic backdrop of a sheer cliff face, the Eastern Apron is a magnificent waterfront area offering a breathtaking harbour view. Consisting of grass, concrete and relics of the island’s shipbuilding days, this functional open space can facilitate large structures and parked vehicles, and is also suitable for tents, marquees and set builds.

Convict Precinct

One of 11 significant Australian convict sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, our Convict Precinct dates back to the 1840s. Some of the striking landmarks, well-suited to events, include the sandstone Mess Hall, the enclosed central courtyard, and the Military Guardhouse with sweeping views of Parramatta River.

Conference and Meeting Spaces

Cockatoo Island is a unique and inspirational backdrop for business meetings and conferences, including team-building, training, planning and brainstorming days. 

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Event Permits

Commercial activities

If you are seeking to undertake a commercial activity at Cockatoo Island, you will need to apply for a Commercial Activity Permit.

Filming and photography

We offer ultra-low, low-impact and student filming and photography permits to shoot on Cockatoo Island. The location is also available for media shoots, and medium to high impact filming and photography, including feature films, TV series, commercial and fashion shoots.