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Welcome to Cockatoo Island's online newsroom.

Continue to check this page for news and other updates about Cockatoo Island, including upcoming events and attractions.

15 November 2019
Celebrate Dance Rites at Cockatoo Island

The Harbour Trust has partnered with the Sydney Opera House to bring Dance Rites 2019 to Cockatoo Island. On 23, 24 and 30 November, there will be events and activities celebrating First Nations dance, music and community.

11 November 2019
Cockatoo Island Dialogue: Read the Outcomes Report

The Harbour Trust has published a report on the outcomes of a recent dialogue with the community about the future of Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour.

1 November 2019
Tickets for Sunset Sessions now on sale

Ready to kickstart summer a little early? Our popular live music series, Sunset Sessions returns to Cockatoo Island this month. We have 12 outdoor shows between 23 November and 28 March. Meet the amazing line-up and book tickets.

28 October 2019
NYE 2019: Musicians + programming revealed

Celebrate NYE at Cockatoo Island in the company of local and international music heroes! Headline act, DJ Kate Monroe (pictured), will usher in 2020 with a beat-fuelled set that’ll have you dancing against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour's iconic NYE fireworks. Check out the full entertainment program for our NYE 2019 Experience and book tickets.

31 October 2019
New Overnight Fright Experience

Test your fear threshold with this new paranormal package. Experience our popular Ghostyard tour, followed by a horror film in the campground cinema. No need to pitch a tent - we take care of that with an overnight stay at the island's urban campground.

2 September 2019
NYE 2019: Camping Tickets Available

Campground tickets are now on sale for our NYE 2019 Experience! Spend the biggest night of the year in the heart of the world’s best harbour. Enjoy prime views of Sydney’s famous NYE fireworks plus a program of entertainment.

30 August 2019
Check out our school holiday program

These school holidays, escape with friends and family to the heart of Sydney Harbour! Between Saturday, 28 September and Sunday, 13 October, Cockatoo Island will offer an exciting program of activities, including vacation care, historic crane demos and immersive tours.

13 August 2019
Celebrate History Week at Cockatoo Island

Running from 31 August until 8 September, History Week 2019 (NSW) is a great opportunity for the community to engage with the layered narrative of Sydney Harbour. During this week-long celebration, the Harbour Trust will host a program of events that examine the historical significance of Cockatoo Island and other special places on Sydney Harbour.

1 August 2019
Hunters & Collectors headlining Red Hot Summer Tour 2020

Hunters & Collectors will headline the Red Hot Summer Tour 2020 at historic Cockatoo Island on Saturday, 8 February.

11 July 2019
John Farnham returning to Cockatoo Island in November

John “The Voice” Farnham will headline the One Electric Day festival at Cockatoo Island this November.

29 May 2019
Cockatoo Island: Have Your Say

As our city grows and changes – it is timely to discuss what is most valued about Cockatoo Island, and to explore fresh ideas and opportunities for its ongoing revival.

09 May 2019
Sunset Sessions Special: Live Music For National Reconciliation Week (1 June)

Heading to Vivid Sydney 2019? Our upcoming Sunset Sessions special, recognising National Reconciliation Week, is a great way to gear up for the city’s dazzling light festival!

25 February 2019
Cockatoo Island Open Accommodation Day 2019

Open Accommodation Day (Sunday, 24 March) is a rare opportunity to explore our waterfront campground as well as our holiday houses and apartments, which marry heritage character and with modern amenities.