EN language selector search
EN arrow Contact search

Convict Escape Attempts

arrow LIMITED TIME: Tour available on select dates
arrow Book tickets
  • $16 per adult
  • $12 per child (12 and under)

Tour runs 11:30am and 1pm on select Saturdays (26 Sept, 3 Oct, 10 Oct)

  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat
  • Kayak
meeting point.svg
Meeting point

Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

Google Maps

UPDATE: These school holidays, escape to Cockatoo Island and embark on our Convict Escape Attempts Tour, running Saturdays between 26 September and 10 October....

Today, Cockatoo Island is a popular escape for Sydneysiders and tourists alike. Rewind to the mid-1800s, however, and people were singing a very different tune. That’s because – from 1839 to 1869 – the island was a notorious convict penal establishment, where inmates suffered through grim living conditions and backbreaking work.

This lively, all-ages tour will introduce a line-up of brave, foolhardy and desperate convicts who dared to escape, including fabled bushranger Captain Thunderbolt. As you explore the island, you’ll hear about successful and ill-fated escape attempts involving disguises, sewers, shark-infested waters, stolen boats and a volley of bullets.


Book tickets for a scheduled tour or request an on-demand tour for your group...

Tickets for all scheduled Convict escape Attempt Tours are $16 per adult and $12 per child (12 and under) Subject to guide availability, we also accept on-demand tour bookings for groups of up to 15 people with a minimum charge of $120 per booking.

Single Column Escape Attempts Tour 01
Grab Your Tickets
Meet the convicts who dared to escape Cockatoo Island – book tickets today!
arrowBook now

Plan ahead

Content warning arrow

Although this is an all-ages tour, people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult as our guide will address potentially confronting.

First Nations disclaimer arrow

The tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.

Island conditions arrow

The tour involves a steep incline and some uneven surfaces, and it is not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required.

What to bring arrow

Suitable walking shoes and wet weather clothing (if needed).

Weather conditions arrow

This tour will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather.  

Terms and conditions arrow

Ahead of your visit, we encourage you to read the terms and conditions for this tour. 

Escape Attempts Single Column 01

Helpful links

Looking to visit, stay at or tour Cockatoo Island? Here are some useful links...