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Vacation care

  • $16.50 per child (min. ten children per group) 
  • Supervisors are FREE
  • Pricing excludes cost of ferry travel.
  • Program runs for 2½ hours with lunch break
  • Available during the NSW School Holidays (Monday to Friday)
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat
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Meeting point

Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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Escape to Cockatoo Island with your vacation care group for an engaging excursion that combines fun activities, outdoor exploration and history.

Your group will have fun learning about our island's storied past as they engage in games (including historical role-play) in our UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct. Plus, children will have an opportunity to tap into their creativity at our craft table.

Available during the school holidays, our vacation care program is themed around the island's rich ship building history. Children will have fun building their own LEGO ships and floating boats made of recyclable material in our miniature, indoor harbour.

Plan ahead

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Ferries: 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 and Barangaroo as well as from wharves along Parramatta River. For further information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.

Opal cards: If your group is travelling to Cockatoo Island by ferry, each person will need to be in possession of an Opal Card with sufficient funds. Alternatively, you can pre-purchase Opal One Day Travel Passes for their entire group. To arrange Opal One Day Travel Passes for your group, visit opaldaypass.transport.nsw.gov.au.

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On-street parking is available for cars near the ferry wharves at Woolwich, Greenwich, Chiswick, Huntleys Point, Drummoyne, Birchgrove and Balmain. The Clarkes Point Reserve Carpark (access via Clarke Road, Woolwich) offers parking for coaches and is a short walk from the Woolwich ferry wharf.

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Our vacation care program contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.

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Most areas of the island are wheelchair accessible; however, there is a steep incline from the lower island to the upper plateau, and – owing to the island’s industrial heritage – there are uneven surfaces as well as some buildings not accessible by wheelchair

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Suitable walking shoes, sun protection, wet weather gear (if needed) and packed lunches.

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If you decide to cancel a booking, please provide 48 hours’ notice to avoid being charged a fee to cover casual staff costs.


Bookings for our high school programs will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event that ferry services advise against travelling to Cockatoo Island due to extreme weather conditions.

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Vacation care groups booked into an excursion at Cockatoo Island must ensure supervisors and children:

  • maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others;
  • have not travelled overseas in the last 14 days;
  • have not been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days; and
  • are not unwell and have not demonstrated any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
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