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Learn at Cockatoo Island

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Featuring distinctive heritage buildings and fascinating artefacts from bygone eras, Cockatoo Island is a great place for children and teenagers alike to deepen their knowledge of Australia’s historical narrative.

Our school and vacation care programs are an opportunity for the next generation to develop their historical enquiry skills, exercise their imagination, participate in outdoor activities and form lasting friendships.

School programs

Escape the classroom and head to Cockatoo Island with your students for an interactive learning experience.

Primary school

Our two primary school programs – Convict Times and Then, Now and Tomorrow – are an opportunity for students to learn about the historical significance of Cockatoo Island as they engage in dress up and role-play, and interact with artefacts from different eras.

High school

Our two high school programs – Social and Maritime Case Study and History Site Study – are an opportunity for students, including those studying for the HSC, to consider the history of Cockatoo Island from multiple viewpoints and hone their historical enquiry and writing skills.

Virtual excursion

We have transformed our popular Convict Times education program into a self-paced virtual excursion...

Virtual Excursion: Convict Times (NEW)

Virtual Excursion: Convict Times is an immersive online history lesson that transports students (Kindergarten to Year 4) to Cockatoo Island’s convict era. It has been designed to activate children’s imaginations and encourage them to use primary and secondary sources. 

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Camping trips

Owing to its layered history, Cockatoo Island is the perfect camping spot for school, scout and youth groups.

Enrich your next school excursion with an overnight stay in our waterfront campground, situated alongside Cockatoo Island’s historic Industrial, Docks and Convict Precincts.

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Vacation care

Available during the NSW school holidays, our program combines outdoor exploration, historical learning and fun activities.

Children will learn about the Island's storied past, including the golden maritime era, as they engage in fun games such as historical roleplay. They will also get to tap into their creativity as they construct ships using LEGO and recyclable materials.

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Unguided visits

Head to the island for an excursion? We'd love to hear about it...

Registering your excursion with us helps our rangers and visitor services staff plan ahead to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience on the Island.


Kids Corner

Want to have fun AND learn about Cockatoo Island? You've come to the right place.

Kids Corner features fun activity sheets and project ideas that will keep you engaged and happy, whether you're at home, in the backyard or stretching your legs outside.

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