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Seniors Festival 2020: Convict Precinct Tour

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This 60-minute tour runs Wednesday to Saturday at 10:30am and 12pm.

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Meeting point
  • General admission ticketholders: Mess Hall, Convict Precinct
  • Mobility impairment ticketholders: Visitor Centre, lower island
Celebrate NSW Seniors Festival 2020 with an exclusive tour of Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World-Heritage listed Convict Precinct led by one of our knowledgeable guide.

Running Wednesday to Saturday between 12 and 22 February, the 60-minute tour is a great opportunity for over 50s to learn about the former penal establishment, which operated from 1839 to 1869 and again from 1888 to 1908, and admire iconic landmarks from this turbulent chapter in the island’s history, including the Mess Hall, Barracks, Guardhouse, Military Officers Quarters and Solitary Confinement Cells. Following the tour, you'll have an opportunity to further explore the upper island at your own pace.

Mobility impaired ticketholders

In line with our core value to welcome everyone, we are offering buggy transportation to people with low mobility, enabling them to reach the Convict Precinct on the upper island and join this special tour. 

Note: Buggy transportation from the Visitor Centre to the Mess Hall on the upper island is available for up to three mobility impaired patrons per tour at no additional cost. When making a booking, select 'mobility impairment ticket' if you require buggy transportation. Patrons with general admission tickets will commence the tour at the Mess Hall.

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Tickets for our Seniors Festival Convict Precinct Tour are just $12. Be quick – the tour is only available during Seniors Week 2020.
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Although this tour is designed for over 50s, all ages are welcome. People under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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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.

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Suitable walking shoes and wet weather clothing (if needed). High heels, thongs and sandals are not recommended. 

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This tour will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. Please being wet weather gear if required.

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


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