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Ghost Tour (18+)

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$47 per person

Further details
  • Times: 9pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday
  • Duration: Two hours
Further details
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
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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 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.  


It can be hard to put a price on a spooky experience but tickets for our Ghost Tour (18+) are $47 per person... 

Ghost Tour is exclusively available at 9pm on Friday and Saturdays nights, and is not offered as an on-demand group tour.  

Psst... Want to explore the darker side of Cockatoo Island with your family but don't want to spook the kids? Check out our all-ages Dark Past Tour. Running 6:30pm to 8pm on Saturday nights, it's the prefect blend of mystery and history. Tickets available from $16. 

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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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  • Weather conditions: Tours will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. Participants will be notified via email if the tour is cancelled, and under these circumstances, a full refund will be issued. 
  • NSW COVID Safe check-in: All visitors must check in to Cockatoo Island via the NSW COVID Safe Check-in app.
  • Vaccination passport: All visitors must show their Vaccination Passport in line with NSW Health restrictions.
  • Social distancing: While on Cockatoo Island, we ask you to be aware of, and comply with, social distancing guidelines.
  • Room capacity signage: In line with health recommendations, we have included room capacity signs in some of our enclosed spaces. We kindly ask you to comply with capacity limits.
  • Face masks: We ask that you follow NSW Health guidelines and wear a facemask over your nose and mouth when in enclosed areas on Cockatoo Island.
  • Illness and isolation: If you feel unwell, please stay home. Further, if you have been asked to isolate due to illness, please do not attend the tour. Email us confirmation of your isolation to receive a refund.
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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Our First Nations community are advised that this tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased persons.
  • Site conditions: This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters due to uneven surfaces and the requirement to climb stairs and ascend rises.
  • Ranger and Security: All visitors must comply with the safety directives issued by guides, rangers and security staff.
  • Age restriction: People under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Suitable walking shoes, wet weather clothing (if needed) and a torch (phone flashlights are adequate).

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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