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Formerly a convict penal establishment and naval shipyard, Cockatoo Island has emerged as a popular place on Sydney Harbour for day trips and holidays…

The island’s distinctive heritage terrain is a rich source of exploration and discovery, offering tangible insights into the site’s layered history. Meanwhile, waterfront cafés, award-winning accommodation, and a program of guided tours and events have contributed to the island’s reputation as a beloved destination for rest, relaxation and recreation. Scroll down to discover what there is to see and do at Cockatoo Island.

Visitor information

Eager to visit Cockatoo Island? Our visitor overview and FAQs pages will help you plan an enjoyable and hassle-free trip...

Visit Cockatoo Island (overview)

This page provides key details about the island's visitor centre, licensed cafés and amenities. It also includes information on getting here by ferry, nearby parking facilities and any current or upcoming disruptions. Plus, we offer hot tips for how you can best enjoy your visit, including must-see sights and must-do activities!

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Couldn't find the information you were after on our visitor overview page? Our FAQs page provides greater detail on topics including our alcohol, bag check and photography policies as well as guide animals, the island's amenities and guidance for accommodation guests. 


Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life with a stay in our heritage or campground accommodation...

Surrounded by landscaped gardens with sweeping harbour views, our apartments and holiday houses marry heritage character with modern amenities. Meanwhile, our waterfront campground represents an opportunity watch the sun set and rise on the world's best harbour. 

Cockatoo Island Campground Northern Apron Sydney Harbour 650X550

Program of tours

Journey back to Cockatoo Island’s storied convict and maritime eras (or dare to step into the supernatural realm) with our program of history and paranormal tours...

The program caters for different ages, interests and personalities – from history buffs and ghost seekers through to families and seniors’ clubs. Our tours are also a great opportunity to discover iconic landmarks, including heritage buildings rarely opened to the general public.  

Cockatoo Island Eastern Apron Tour Sydney Harbour 650X550

What's on directory

We seek to offer a program of regular and seasonal events that celebrate Cockatoo Island's natural and heritage values...

Our what's on directory provides an overview of current and upcoming attractions, including heritage steam crane demonstrations and Sunset Sessions – our seasonal live music program as well online exhibitions and webinars. 

New Year's Eve 2017 Electric Portal Travelling Jib Crane Cockatoo Island 650X550