Our school and vacation care programs are an opportunity for the next generation to develop their historical enquiry skills, exercise their imagination, participate in outdoor activities and form lasting friendships.
Escape the classroom and head to Cockatoo Island with your students for an memorable learning experience...
We have transformed our popular Convict Times program into a self-paced virtual excursion...
Virtual Excursion: Convict Times is an immersive online history lesson that transports students (Kindergarten to Year 4) to Cockatoo Island’s convict era (1839-69). It has been designed to activate children’s imaginations and encourage them to use primary and secondary sources.
Owing to its layered history, Cockatoo Island is the perfect camping spot for school, scout and youth groups.
Enrich your next school excursion with an overnight stay in our waterfront campground, situated alongside Cockatoo Island’s historic Industrial, Docks and Convict Precincts.
Available during the NSW school holidays, our vacation care program combines outdoor exploration, historical learning and fun activities.
Children will learn about the Island's storied past, including the golden maritime era, as they engage in fun games such as historical roleplay. They will also get to tap into their creativity as they construct ships using LEGO and recyclable materials.
We welcome school groups wishing to embark on a self-guided tour of Cockatoo Island...
Ahead of your excursion, please register your scheduled visit using the form on this page. The information you share with us will be communicated to our rangers and visitor service staff so they can, in turn, ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.
Looking for ways to bust boredom outside the classroom? Check out the Harbour Trust's Kids Corner – a one-stop-shop for FREE activity sheets including DIY projects!
Kids (and kids at heart) can channel their creativity into a selection of activity sheets, including colouring in sheets, crosswords, construction sheets, science experiments. Activities include a First Nations card game and a nature scavenger hunt as well as instructions for creating a paper cup phone and a toothpick torpedo. Check out all 30 sheets!