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Welcome to Cockatoo Island's online newsroom.

Continue to check this page for news and other updates about Cockatoo Island, including upcoming events and attractions.

5 November
Turning the lights off – Cockatoo Island's Abandoned Powerhouse Tour

On Saturday 5 November, Cockatoo Island’s Powerhouse will open its doors to the public as part of Sydney Open – an annual event celebrating the city’s important and architecturally inspiring landmarks. Across five timeslots, Harbour Trust guides will lead tourgoers through the layered history of Cockatoo Island’s mysterious Powerhouse, normally off limits to the public. The 45 minute Lights off – the Cockatoo Island’s abandoned Powerhouse tour will reveal the authentic early 20th-century power technology used to power the island’s dockyard as well as the secret struggle for resources. Tickets available from $60.


27 September 2022
NYE at Cockatoo Island – Camping packages on SALE NOW

On Saturday 31 December, accommodation guests will have EXCLUSIVE access to the island, including breathtaking views of Sydney's world-famous fireworks. Camping packages for New Year’s Eve (min. two-night stay) are on sale now. Meanwhile, the ballot to hire one of our charming houses or apartments (min. four-night stay) is NOW CLOSED. 


Saturday 9 July
Join us for Crane Day 2022 at Cockatoo Island

Travel to the era when steam power ruled – and meet some of Cockatoo Island’s ‘Iron Giants’ – with Crane Day 2022 (FREE), which is being held during the Winter School Holidays on Saturday 9 July.

31 March 2022
Heritage works underway in the Convict Precinct

The Harbour Trust is undertaking conservation works at Cockatoo Island’s Convict Precinct to amplify the heritage value of this iconic landmark.

25 February 2022
Visitor Centres reopen in March

We are very excited to share that, with the resumption of our volunteer program, our Visitor Centres at North Head Sanctuary and Cockatoo Island will re-open to the public next month! 

18 February 2022
Red Hot Summer Tour Returns to Cockatoo Island

The Harbour Trust is proud to be supporting its first major live entertainment event on Cockatoo Island in 18 months – Red Hot Summer Tour 2022. 

20 September 2021
Harbour Trust releases community videos celebrating 20th Anniversary

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Harbour Trust, established in 2001 to protect heritage sites in Sydney including Cockatoo Island. To celebrate this milestone, we are proud to share a series of videos telling the Harbour Trust’s story from the perspective of our community.

16 September 2021
Join us online for a free school holiday art class

The Harbour Trust is celebrating the spring school holidays with an online arts and craft program for kids of all ages! To coincide with Biodiversity Month, we’ve curated a selection of fun activities that celebrate Aussie wildlife. This includes a FREE watercolour painting tutorial for kids. Hosted by illustrator Carlie Edwards (Earthdrawn Studio), this EXCLUSIVE online class is an opportunity for kids to channel their creativity into a painting of a cockatoo.

4 May 2021
Have your say: Cockatoo Island – Draft Concept Vision

The Harbour Trust has released a Draft Concept Vision for Cockatoo Island informed by community feedback. Want to learn more and have your say? Complete the online survey, watch our webinar or attend a virtual workshop, yarning session or pop-up info session. Consultation closes 5pm on 11 June 2021.