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Tours of Cockatoo Island

Experience our program of guided tours, catering for all ages, interests and personalities – from history buffs and thrill seekers through to families and seniors clubs.

Whether you want to see remnants from a bygone era, journey into the supernatural or explore distinctive heritage buildings, our tours are an opportunity to discover what makes our historic island so unique.

On-demand tours

Although our weekly tours are currently on hold, we are accepting group bookings for the following tours...

Group History Tour

Cost: $12-16 per person (min. 10 people) | Duration: 60 to 90 mins

Embark on a a guided journey through the complex and layered history of Cockatoo Island, formerly a prison, navy dockyard and major ship-building site. As you visit iconic landmarks, including the UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct, our knowledgeable guide will share stories and anecdotes that paint a vivid picture of the island throughout the ages. This is a great sightseeing activity for Probus and other groups, including families, seniors, tourists and historical societies.

Haunted History Tour (all ages)

Cost: $25 per adult, $15 per child (12 & under) | Duration: 90 mins 

This tour will introduce you to the brave, foolhardy and desperate convicts who dared to escape Cockatoo Island’s penal establishment between 1839 and 1869. As you explore the island, you’ll hear about successful and ill-fated escape attempts involving disguises, sewers, shark-infested waters, stolen boats and a volley of bullets.

Convict Precinct Tour (all ages)

Cost: $16 per adult, $12 per child, $12 per senior | Duration: 45 mins

Discover Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct with this tour of the upper island. Our guide will lead you through the turbulent history of the former penal establishment, stopping at iconic landmarks.

Crooked Characters Tour (for kids)

Kids and their families will get to know the charlatans, rogues, thieves and cut-throats who once populated Cockatoo Island, with our Crooked Characters Tour. This hour-long tour, available during the NSW School Holidays, is fun for the whole family.

Arrange an on-demand tour

To arrange one of our three on-demand tours for your group, complete our online booking form. 

Important update

Our tour program has changed to ensure compliance with the NSW Government’s COVID-19 public health orders. Although our weekly tours have been put on hold until further notice, we are accepting on-demand tour bookings for groups of up to 20 people plus a guide.