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Tours of Cockatoo Island

Looking for things to do while you're exploring Sydney? 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.

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

Book tickets for our regularly scheduled day and night tours, or request an on-demand tour for your group (available Monday to Friday).

As a result of staff shortages due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to pause our on-demand group tours (Monday to Friday) during for the entirety of January 2022.

Day tours

Book one of our four day tours and immerse yourself in Cockatoo Island's fascinating convict and maritime history...

World War II Shipyard Tour (all-ages, accessible)

Cost: From $16 | Duration: 60 mins | Available: Saturdays at 11am

Book tickets for our World War II Shipyard Tour to learn about the significant contribution Cockatoo Island's dockyard made to the Allied war effort during the global conflict. A knowledgeable guide will delve into this fascinating slice of maritime history as you visit key landmarks including the Turbine Shop, Fitzroy and Sutherland Docks and the Slipways.

Convict Precinct Tour (all-ages)

Cost: From $16 | Duration: 60 mins | Available: Saturdays at 1:30pm 

During the Convict Precinct Tour, our guide will lead you through the turbulent history of the island's former penal establishment, stopping at iconic landmarks including the Mess Hall, Barracks, Guardhouse, Military Officers Quarters and Solitary Confinement Cells. 


Lower Island Tour (all-ages, accessible)

Cost: From $16 | Duration: 60 mins | Available: Sundays at 11am

As you explore the lower island, including the cathedral-like Turbine Shop, convict-built Fitzroy Dock and towering Powerhouse chimney, our knowledgeable guide will share stories and anecdotes that paint a vivid picture of the island throughout the ages. Suitable for less mobile visitors. 

Sandstone to Steel Tour (all-ages)

Cost: From $16 | Duration: 60 mins | Available: Sundays at 1:30pm

Want a crash course in Cockatoo Island's storied history? Book tickets for Sandstone to Steel. This all-ages tour charts the changing face of Cockatoo Island. As you visit key landmarks, our guide will reveal how they fit into the island’s historical narrative. They will also share anecdotes about a colourful cast of real-life characters.

Night tours

Looking for a tour that combines history with mystery and supernatural thrills? Book tickets for our Dark Past and Ghost Tours...

Ghost Tour (18+)

Cost: From $47 | Duration: Two hours | Available: Friday and Saturday nights

As the witching hour approaches, embark on our popular Ghost Tour and journey into Cockatoo Island’s supernatural realm. As you search for ghosts and explore historic buildings rarely open to the public, our guide will share macabre stories and hair-raising paranormal tales, including reported hauntings. 

Dark Past Tour (all-ages)

Cost: From $16 | Duration: 90 mins | Available: Saturday nights

Secrets. Scandals. Skeletons... Cockatoo Island has its fair share of all three. Discover for yourself with our intrigue-filled Dark Past Tour. As you visit iconic landmarks and buildings from different eras, including the convict workshops, Dog Leg Tunnel and Biloela House, our guide will blend history with mystery to captivate your imagination!

Group tours

Our four day tours are available between Monday and Friday as on-demand group tours...

On-Demand Group Tours (all-ages)

Cost: From $16 per person (min. 10 people) | Duration: 60 mins | Available weekdays at 11am 

Want to book a weekday tour for your group? Journey through Cockatoo Island's complex and layered history with our on-demand group tours! There are four tours to choose from; namely, World War II Shipyard Tour, Lower Island Tour, Convict Precinct Tour and Sandstone to Steel Tour.