From unconfirmed sightings of ghastly apparitions to dread-inducing felt experiences, Cockatoo Island has a history of paranormal occurrences that stretches back more than a century.
Find out for yourself with Ghostyard – A Paranormal Tour. To expose unseen forces, we’ve equipped your guide with a K-II EMF reader and a pendulum – devices used in paranormal detection.
As you search for ghosts in buildings rarely open to the public, you’ll hear macabre true tales, including grisly murders, botched prison escapes and incidents of gang violence.
Ghostyard – Tour only
Ghostyard Camping Package
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.
The tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.
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.
Suitable walking shoes, wet weather clothing (if needed) and a torch (phone flashlights are adequate).
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.
Tours will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather.
Update (12/12/2019): Bushfire smoke continues to affect greater Sydney and, as a consequence, air quality has been deteriorating. For most people, smoke causes mild symptoms like sore eyes, nose and throat. The Harbour Trust wishes to advise that participating in this tour may not be suitable for people with existing lung and heart conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina. People with such conditions should follow their medical action plans and seek medical advice if they are concerned.
Ahead of your visit, we encourage you to read the terms and conditions for this tour.
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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