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Sunset Sessions live music event at Cockatoo Island.

What's on at Cockatoo Island / Wareamah

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Looking for things to do in Sydney? Head to Cockatoo Island / Wareamah, located in the heart of the harbour!

View the directory and calendar, below, to learn about current and upcoming attractions that showcase the island's heritage character and explore its layered history. 

December 2023
New Year's Eve Accommodation 2023 (sold out)

Eager to end 2023 on a high? Book accommodation at Cockatoo Island for New Year’s Eve and spend the biggest night of the year in the heart of Sydney Harbour! As either a camper or guest in one of our charming houses or apartments (now sold out), you’ll spend the biggest night of the year close to the action… but far from the crowds! Not only will you get to stay in award-winning accommodation, you’ll also get to bask in the city's world famous NYE fireworks.

4 to 20 January
Sydney Open Air Cinema

Can you imagine an immersive, outdoor cinema experience in the heart of Sydney Harbour? You don’t have to! From 4 to 20 January 2024, Sydney Open Air Cinemas will be hosting film screenings on the Eastern Apron of Cockatoo Island / Wareamah! In addition to family-friendly blockbusters, there will be live music and a range of food stalls. Tickets start from $15 (kids 5 & under FREE) with BYO picnic rug and bean bag seating options available. Plus: Book a Cockatoo Island camping package during the event and SAVE up to $10 off your ticket!

13 Jan to 6 Apr
Cockatoo Island Sunset Sessions

Celebrate summer with Sunset Sessions. Our popular live music series featuring home-grown talents. Running Saturdays from 13 January to 6 April 2024, Sunset Sessions will feature a diverse line-up of artists across 12 picnic-style shows. Tickets are $35 per person (children aged 12 years and under are free). 

Self-guided tours

Delve into the layered history of Cockatoo Island at your own pace with our selection of self-guided tours. Our immersive Audio Tour paints a vivid picture of Cockatoo Island throughout the ages. Meanwhile, our Talking Object Tour harnesses mobile technology to bring historic objects and landmarks to life.

All year round
Guided tours

Journey back to Cockatoo Island’s storied convict and maritime eras – or dare to step into the supernatural realm – with our program of history and paranormal tours. Our tours cater for different ages and interests. They're also a great opportunity to discover iconic landmarks, including heritage buildings rarely opened to the general public. Plus: Self-guided Audio Tour also available. 


View the below calendar for an overview of current and upcoming attractions at Cockatoo Island.

Day Attraction
Special events
Mon to Thurs