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Crooked Characters Tour

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  • $12 per adult
  • $5 per child (12 and under)
  • Online bookings only
  • Available during the NSW school holidays
  • Times to be confirmed
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat
  • Kayak
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Campground Fire Pit , Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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Kids and their families* will get to know the charlatans, rogues, thieves and cut-throats that once populated Cockatoo Island, with our Crooked Characters Tour.

This 60-minute guided tour, available during the NSW School Holidays, will take families on a hilarious and fascinating journey through the island’s colonial history. Our guides – master storytellers that they are – will tell tales and sing songs that vividly bring to life a colourful cast of real-life characters, from petty criminals through to notorious bushrangers and true-blue ruffians. Good old-fashioned fun is guaranteed!

*Note: This tour has been designed for children with supervision by adults.


Tickets for all scheduled tours are $12 per adult and $5 per child (12 years and under). Subject to guide availability, we also accept private bookings for groups of at least ten people. To arrange a private group tour, complete our enquiry form.


Plan ahead

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

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

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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).

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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.


Tour suspended

In light of recent Government advice surrounding COVID-19, this tour is being suspended until further notice...

Our priority is to limit the transmission of the virus and ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We will review the situation regularly as advice evolves. 

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