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Looking for something interesting to do at home, on your lunch break or wherever you may be?

Although people are unable to enjoy our full visitor experience, we're rolling out exciting digital initiatives that will enable you to stay connected with Cockatoo Island. Discover some of our upcoming events below...

26 September to 11 October
School holiday tours and activities

Between Saturday, 26 September and Sunday, 11 October, we're offering three immersive tours of Cockatoo Island. From Sandstone to Steel is a crash-course in the island's layered history. Meanwhile, Haunted History is a journey into the island's dark past and Convict Escape Attempts is an opportunity to learn about the prisoners who dared escaped the convict penal establishment. Be quick – tickets are limited!

Select Wednesdays
DigiTalks Program (NEW)

Introducing DigiTalks – a series of online talks, virtual tours and webinars designed to keep you engaged at home, on your lunch break or wherever you may be! Running on select Wednesdays, DigiTalks are an opportunity for attendees to gain rich insights into Harbour Trust destinations such as Cockatoo Island as well as the world's best harbour. We invite you to register for one, or more, of our upcoming DigiTalks.

Wednesday 30 September 2020
DigiTalk: Convicts & cabbage tree hats

The manufacture of cabbage tree hats, commonly undertaken by convicts, was a thriving cottage craft from the 1790s until the 1930s. On Wednesday 30 September, historians Sue and Don Brian will present a DigiTalk on the historical significance of this former staple of Australian fashion. In addition to demonstrating how the iconic hat was made, he will share archival photos and traditional songs.

[Image credit: Australian Bullock driver, 1851, William Strutt, National library of Australia]

31 December 2020
NYE 2020 Experience

Want to end 2020 on a high? Escape to Cockatoo Island for our New Year's Eve Experience.
You’ll get to spend the biggest night of the year in the heart of Sydney Harbour, basking in the city’s world famous NYE fireworks! 

NSW School Holidays
Heritage steam crane demonstrations (FREE)

Travel back to the era where steam ruled – attend an upcoming demonstration of one of our vintage steam cranes!