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Ghost Tour (18+)

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Cost
  • Tour: $45 per person
  • Overnight Fright [includes ticket(s)]: $205-$250


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Hours
  • Times: 9pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday commencing 23 January 2021
  • Duration: Two hours
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Transport
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi


See Plan ahead for details on getting here.

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Meeting point

Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW


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The Sixth Sense. Paranormal Activity. The Conjuring. Ghosts continue to captivate the public imagination, satisfying our primeval desire for a good scare… but supernatural encounters aren’t just the stuff of Hollywood.

From reported ghost sightings to spine-tingling ‘felt’ experiences, Cockatoo Island – a former convict prison and dockyard – has a history of paranormal occurrences that stretches back more than a century.

Find out for yourself with Cockatoo Island’s after-dark Ghost Tour! Led by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll search for ghosts in historic (and, some would argue, haunted) buildings, rarely open to the public.

Wielding a K-II EMF reader and a pendulum (devices used in paranormal detection), our guide will test your mettle with hair-raising paranormal tales and macabre true stories, including grisly murders, botched prison escapes and episodes of gang violence.

Whether you’re a sceptic or a believer, scare-proof or easily spooked, one thing’s guaranteed… our Ghost Tour is a unique way to experience the darker side of Sydney.  

Overnight Fright

Are you a film buff or horror hound? Dare to try our Overnight Fright package!

After the Ghost Tour, we’ll screen a horror film for you in our Convict Cinema. We’ve scheduled a mix of cult classics and modern favourites, guaranteed to give you a fright fix. Plus, you’ll receive marshmallows and hot chocolate, which can be enjoyed as you share chilling tales around our campfire. Best of all? You’ll get to spend the night in our waterfront campground…pleasant dreams, happy camper.

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Tour options

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Scheduled tours

Tickets for all Ghost Tours scheduled on a Friday or Saturday night are $45 per person.

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Private group tours

Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of up to 20 people with a minimum charge equal to the cost of 10 participants. To request a private group tour, complete our enquiry form. Note: Private group tours are not available on Friday or Saturday nights. 

Overnight Fright Package (one person) – $205 arrow

The Overnight Fright Package includes:

  • 1 x Ghost Tour ticket
  • A horror film at the campground cinema
  • A supper pack containing marshmallows, biscuits and hot chocolate
  • A camping package. Includes a pre-erected tent (2.4m x 2.4m), two chairs and two single raised camp beds plus linen, quilts and towels.

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Overnight Fright Package (two people) – $250 arrow

The Overnight Fright Package includes:

  • 2 x Ghost Tour tickets
  • A horror film at the campground cinema
  • A supper pack containing marshmallows, biscuits and hot chocolate
  • A camping package for up to two people. Includes a pre-erected tent (2.4m x 2.4m), two chairs and two single raised camp beds plus linen, quilts and towels.

Make a booking

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Social media

If you spot a ghost during a tour, take a photo and ‘share the scare’ on Instagram!

Ghosts are notoriously camera shy, so stay vigilant throughout the tour. When you publish your Instagram post, tag us (@cockatooisland) and use the hashtags #CockatooIslandGhostTour and #CockatooIsland.

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Plan Ahead

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Service NSW app – COVID Safe check-in

 

As a registered COVID Safe business, we require ticketholders to visit the Service NSW website, upon arrival at the tour meeting point, and scan a QR code to ensure a COVID Safe check-in.

[Note: When you check in, only the tour location and the time of visit is recorded. This information is stored for 28 days and only for the purpose of contact tracing, if necessary.]

Other conditions for tour participation

To comply with the NSW Government’s COVID-19 public health orders, we are currently only accepting tour bookings for groups of up to 20 people. Further, tourgoers must ensure they:

  • bring and wear a face mask for the duration of the tour;
  • maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others;
  • have not travelled overseas within the last 14 days;
  • have not had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the last 14 days; and
  • are not unwell and have not had any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
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The tour contains material that some participants may find confronting including but not limited to suicide, mistreatment of children, harsh living conditions, loss of infancy and life. Therefore, it is only suitable for people 18 years and over. Further, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are advised that 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.

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Suitable walking shoes, wet weather clothing (if needed) and a torch (phone flashlights are adequate).

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

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

Getting here and home arrow

For information about getting here, including by public transport, see: Visit Cockatoo Island. The tour concludes at the Visitor Centre at 11pm. The final ferry to Circular Quay departs Cockatoo Island at 11.19pm and the final ferry to Sydney Olympic Park departs at 11.58pm.

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