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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.

15 November 2021
COVID-19 update: Cockatoo Island tours resume in December

This page provides updates on the current status of Cockatoo Island, including the steps we are taking to ensure a safe visitor experience during COVID-19. The health and safety of visitors to Cockatoo Island remains paramount. Relevantly, we continue to work closely with the NSW Government to ensure our operations are in line with the latest advice on coronavirus.

1 November 2021
Enjoy an operatic New Year's Eve at Cockatoo Island

Eager to end 2021 on a high? Spend the biggest night of the year at Cockatoo Island! Revellers can enjoy an evening of opera AND stay in our award-winning accommodation! Opera Australia’s inaugural New Year’s Eve Opera Gala is an opportunity to enjoy performances by a line-up of opera stars on our Eastern Apron – a raw industrial setting with sweeping harbour views. PLUS: You can ring in the New Year with a stay in either our waterfront campground or one of our holiday houses or apartments. Note: Opera Gala tickets and accommodation are sold separately.

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.

25 February 2021
Rediscover the Harbour Trust's sites during our 20th anniversary year

Between 20 and 29 March, you can join in the Harbour Trust's 20th anniversary celebrations by attending a FREE tour or talk as part of our 'Rediscovery Days' program. This initiative also includes special events and promotions by our tenants. These events will showcase the natural and heritage values of the Harbour Trust's protected sites, including Cockatoo Island.

23 December 2020
Update – Visitor centre and tours

Due to the recent COVID outbreak, the Harbour Trust will delay the recommencement of our tours and the reopening of our visitor centre until Saturday 23 January.

7 December 2021
Tours to resume in January – book tickets now

Our program of regular tours will resume in January 2021. Tickets are NOW ON SALE for four tours: Ghost Tour (18+), Dark Past Tour (all-ages), Convict Escape Attempts Tour (all-ages) and Sandstone to Steel (all-ages).

2 December 2020
Cockatoo Island's heritage cranes featured on Google Arts & Culture

The Harbour Trust has today made its debut on the Google Arts & Culture platform with six digital exhibitions showcasing the beauty and heritage of protected sites on Sydney Harbour, including Cockatoo Island.