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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 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.

Key details
  • Between Wednesday 5 February and 10 March, the Eastern Apron, Industrial Precinct and Dog-Leg Tunnel will be closed to visitors (click map, below, for details).
  • During this period, visitors will still be able to access the Docks Precinct, including the Marina Café and Bar, via the campground tunnel (Tunnel 1).
  • Further, the on-demand Audio Tour will continue to run albeit with an alternative route.


About the events

Sydney SailGP: Sydney is hosting the season opener for SailGP, the world’s fastest and most exhilarating sail racing championship: Sydney SailGP. Across two days – Friday 28 February and Saturday 29 February – elite athletes representing seven nations will compete in a series of adrenaline-fuelled F50 catamaran races on Sydney Harbour. In the lead up to the main event, visitors can go behind the scenes at the official technical base on Cockatoo Island. From 17 to 27 February, an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the ‘pit lane garages’ will run three times a day.

The Biennale of Sydney: Nearly 100 artists, creatives and collectives are involved in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, which runs from 14 March to 8 June. This year’s theme is NIRIN, a Wiradjuri phrase meaning ‘edge’, with a focus on Sydney as an expansive, global city comprised of vibrant, complex villages. Cockatoo Island will once again serve as an exhibition venue for the leading contemporary arts event, having attracted more than 850,000 visitors in 2018.