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Audio Tour

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Cost

$5 per person 

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Hours
  • Available for purchase between 10am and 4pm daily.
  • Duration: approximately 1½ hours
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Transport
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Meeting point

Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, NSW

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Journey through Cockatoo Island’s complex and layered history at your own pace with our engaging audio tour.

Featuring an informative narrator, immersive sound effects and archival interviews with former workers and residents, this self-guided tour paints a vivid picture of the island’s bygone days across 26 audio stops.

You’ll learn about the poor living conditions of convicts incarcerated in the island’s former penal establishment, and the hellish plight of the young women raised in the Biloela Public Industrial School for Girls and the Biloela Reformatory. You’ll also hear about the feats achieved by the thousands of workers employed at the island’s enormous shipyard during the 20th century and the enduring significance of the island for First Nations Peoples.

Update (04/02/2020): The Audio Tour will run to an alternative route between 5 February and 10 March due to works being carried out on Cockatoo Island.

Tickets

The audio tour is available on demand from the Visitor Centre between 10am and 4pm daily. The tour is $5 per person and includes an audio unit, headphones and a special map. We also accept private bookings for groups of between ten and 30 people. To arrange a private booking for our audio tour, complete our enquiry form.

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Plan ahead

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There is no age restriction on the audio tour; however, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult as the tour contains mature themes.

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The tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.

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The tour involves a steep incline and some uneven surfaces, and it is not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required.

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Suitable walking shoes and wet weather clothing (if needed).

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