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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.

19 May 2020
Join us online for National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June)

The Harbour Trust is taking a digital-first approach to National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) to enable all Australians to safely join us as we celebrate our First Nations community and advocate for a fairer, more inclusive nation. Our program includes a free webinar on Aboriginal trackers (27 May), a DigiTale on Bungaree, and a curated selection of music, films and kids activity sheets.

18 April 2020
New video celebrates Cockatoo Island's convict heritage

To celebrate World Heritage Day, the Australian Convict Sites Steering Committee have revealed a brand new video showcasing the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, which includes Cockatoo Island's Convict Site.

8 April 2020
Complete the Harbour Trust's Visitor Survey 2020 for a chance to win a $150 voucher (T&Cs apply)

Complete our visitor survey for your chance to WIN one of four $150 food & beverage vouchers, valid at one of our cafés or restaurants on Sydney Harbour (T&Cs apply). Be quick, entries close Friday 19 June.

9 March 2020
Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy – submission deadline extended

The Harbour Trust, which is the agency that manages Cockatoo Island, has extended the deadline for providing comment on the Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy 2020. Members of the community now have until 5pm on Friday 29 May to comment on the draft policy, which proposes to amend the Harbour Trust’s current Leasing Policy.

3 February 2020
Notice: Disruptions to regular island access (05/02 to 10/03)

Three exciting events are coming soon to Cockatoo Island. While important works are carried out to build the event spaces for Red Hot Summer Tour, Sydney SailGP and the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, parts of the island will be closed to ensure public safety and create a safe work environment.

7 February 2020
Red Hot Summer Tour (8 and 9 Feb) cancelled due to weather

The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe weather warning due to heavy rain, damaging winds and thunderstorms continuing across the weekend. Regrettably, the Red Hot Summer Tour shows on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February have been cancelled as a result.

3 February 2020
Notice of amplified noise this weekend

Premier music festival, Red Hot Summer Tour, is marking its 10th anniversary with two sold out shows at Cockatoo Island on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February. Owing to the nature of this event, it is possible that amplified music will be audible to residents in nearby suburbs.

29 January 2020
Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy 2020 – Submissions Invited

The Harbour Trust is inviting the public to comment on the Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy 2020. Submissions are invited until 5 pm AEDT on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

23 January 2020
Special convict tour running during Seniors Festival (12 to 22 Feb)

Celebrate NSW Seniors Festival 2020 with an exclusive tour of Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World-Heritage listed Convict Precinct led by one of our knowledgeable guide. Running Wednesday to Saturday between 12 and 22 February, this 60-minute tour is a great opportunity to learn about the former penal establishment and admire iconic landmarks from this turbulent chapter in the island’s history.