Continue to check this page for news and other updates about Cockatoo Island, including upcoming events and attractions.
To celebrate the school holidays, we're relaunching three of our tours for a limited season (26 September to 11 October). 'From Sandstone to Steel' is a crash-course in the island's layered history. Meanwhile, 'Haunted History' is a journey into the island's dark past and 'Convict Escape Attempts' is an opportunity to learn about the prisoners who dared escaped the convict penal establishment. Be quick – tickets are limited!
To celebrate Spring, we’re offering a MASSIVE discount on stays in our award-winning heritage accommodation and campground! Our Spring Saver Deal entitles you to 30% off weeknight rates (Monday to Friday) when you stay with us for two or more nights during September 2020. T&Cs apply.
This page provides updates on the current status of Cockatoo Island, including the steps we are taking to ensure a safe visitor experience during COVID-19. The health and safety of visitors to Cockatoo Island remains paramount. Relevantly, we continue to work closely with the NSW Government to ensure our operations are in line with the latest advice on coronavirus.
Ten years ago, the Cockatoo Island Convict Site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with 10 other remnant convict sites from across Australia.
Woolwich Wharf will be temporarily closed from Wednesday 10 June 2020 while the NSW Government constructs a modern, accessible ferry wharf for the local community.Ferry services will be temporarily relocated to Clarke Road Wharf (also known as the Deckhouse Wharf) during this period.
In light of the NSW Government’s decision to permit galleries and museums to reopen to the public from June, the Biennale of Sydney exhibition at Cockatoo Island will relaunch for an extended, twelve-week run on Tuesday 16 June.
The Harbour Trust is taking a digital-first approach to National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) to enable all Australians to safely join us as we celebrate our First Nations community and advocate for a fairer, more inclusive nation. Our program includes a free webinar on Aboriginal trackers (27 May), a DigiTale on Bungaree, and a curated selection of music, films and kids activity sheets.
To celebrate World Heritage Day, the Australian Convict Sites Steering Committee have revealed a brand new video showcasing the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, which includes Cockatoo Island's Convict Site.
Complete our visitor survey for your chance to WIN one of four $150 food & beverage vouchers, valid at one of our cafés or restaurants on Sydney Harbour (T&Cs apply). Be quick, entries close Friday 19 June.
The Harbour Trust, which is the agency that manages Cockatoo Island, has extended the deadline for providing comment on the Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy 2020. Members of the community now have until 5pm on Friday 29 May to comment on the draft policy, which proposes to amend the Harbour Trust’s current Leasing Policy.
Cockatoo Island is being reimagined as an immersive contemporary art space for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. Between 14 March and 8 June, visitors to the island are invited to engage with a series of public artworks – and participate in free and tickets events – anchored in this year’s theme: NIRIN.
Three exciting events are coming soon to Cockatoo Island. While important works are carried out to build the event spaces for Red Hot Summer Tour, Sydney SailGP and the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, parts of the island will be closed to ensure public safety and create a safe work environment.
The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe weather warning due to heavy rain, damaging winds and thunderstorms continuing across the weekend. Regrettably, the Red Hot Summer Tour shows on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February have been cancelled as a result.
Premier music festival, Red Hot Summer Tour, is marking its 10th anniversary with two sold out shows at Cockatoo Island on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February. Owing to the nature of this event, it is possible that amplified music will be audible to residents in nearby suburbs.
The Harbour Trust is inviting the public to comment on the Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy 2020. Submissions are invited until 5 pm AEDT on Wednesday 11 March 2020.
Celebrate NSW Seniors Festival 2020 with an exclusive tour of Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World-Heritage listed Convict Precinct led by one of our knowledgeable guide. Running Wednesday to Saturday between 12 and 22 February, this 60-minute tour is a great opportunity to learn about the former penal establishment and admire iconic landmarks from this turbulent chapter in the island’s history.
Have your say on your say on the future of Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour and the agency that manages it – the Harbour Trust – at a public forum next month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hunters & Collectors will headline the Red Hot Summer Tour 2020 at historic Cockatoo Island on Saturday, 8 February.
John “The Voice” Farnham will headline the One Electric Day festival at Cockatoo Island this November.
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.
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!
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.