Located in the heart of Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island features a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Convict Site as well as a historic shipyard. As such, primary and high school students have a unique opportunity to engage with – and deepen their understanding of – Australia’s layered history.
By engaging directly with the island’s historical landmarks and stories, students will develop an appreciation of the ways in which past events have shaped today’s society.
Critically, teachers can rest assured that our 90-minute education programs for Stages 1 to 6 meet NSW Syllabus and Australian Curriculum Outcomes, and are led by specialist educators.
Cockatoo Island / Wareamah is one of the extraordinary places protected by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (Harbour Trust).
Located in First Nations countries on Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Trust’s destinations are known for their natural beauty. They also feature heritage-listed structures and other remnants from Australia’s layered history. For these reasons, they have significance on a national and international scale.
The Harbour Trust’s protected places include Cockatoo Island, North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney and Headland Park in Mosman. The agency also manages Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse, and the Former Marine Biological Station at Camp Cove.
The Harbour Trust’s vision includes making its protected places accessible to diverse audiences, amplifying their heritage values through storytelling and – through their conservation, remediation, and adaptive reuse – fostering a sense of place and belonging.