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  • $30 per adult except for our special First Nations show on 30 Nov ($35)
  • Children free (details below)



  • 5pm to 8pm, Saturday Evenings (excluding 21 and 28 Dec, 4 Jan, 29 Feb, 7 and 14 March)
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat
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Bileola Lawn (Upper Island), Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW


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Need some serious inspo for your summer playlist? Then pack a picnic rug or chairs and head to Cockatoo Island... because Sunset Sessions has returned for the hotter months!

Running selected Saturday evenings until 28 March 2020, the popular, picnic-style live music series features performances from a line-up of home-grown and international talents. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Sydney Harbour, with food and refreshments available for purchase from the Marina Café & Bar, Sunset Sessions is the ideal escape this summer. 

The series is presented by the Harbour Trust with programming by underground music venue 505 as well as the Music & Booze Co, which produces the King Street Crawl and Bad Friday festivals. Get a taste for this year’s line-up with our Spotify Playlist: bit.ly/cisunsetsessions

Artist line-up

Across 12 dates, 24 national and international musicians will take to our stage on Biloela Lawn to perform original songs and inspired covers from a range of genres. We have shows running up to Saturday, 28 March 2020, including Sunset Sessions: A First Nations Experience on 30 November 2019.

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Sunset Sessions: A First Nations Experience

Indigenous Enterprise (Canada/USA) will perform at Cockatoo Island on 30 November as part of a special, extended instalment of Sunset Sessions celebrating First Nations cultures. The acclaimed Native American dance group (pictured) will be joined by local music heroes Bow and Arrow and Evie J Willie.

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Eat and Drink

Sunset Sessions isn’t just food for the soul. Marina Café & Bar will be serving a range of sweet and savoury treats including Connoisseur ice cream, house-made grazing boards, gourmet pies, cracker and dip boxes, chips and nuts. Ticketholders can also take advantage of a mobile bar with on-tap refreshments from Byron Bay Brewery, James Squire and Tatachilla Wines.

Sunset Sessions Marina Cafe

Ticket prices

  • $30 per adult except for 'A First Nations Experience' (30 Nov) –  tickets for this Sunset Sessions special are $35 per adult. 
  • Children (12 and under) free when accompanied by a ticketholder.
  • Online bookings are recommended as we can only offer a limited number of tickets at the door.
  • Terms and conditions apply (You can read them here)
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Plan Ahead

The easiest way to get to Cockatoo Island is by public ferry. The F3 and F8 services operate to Cockatoo Island daily, departing from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo as well as from wharves along Parramatta River. For further information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website. You can also visit Cockatoo Island by water taxi, private boat or kayak.