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Audio Tour

  • $6 per person 
  • Note: Card payment only
  • Available between 9:30am and 4pm daily
  • Runs approx. 1½ hours
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi

See Plan ahead for details on getting here.  

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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 penal establishment (1839-69), and the plight of the young women raised in the Biloela Public Industrial School for Girls and 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.


Pick-up a headset for our Audio Tour from the visitor centre...

The audio tour is available on demand from the Visitor Centre between 10am and 4pm daily (Note: card payments only).

The tour is $6 per person and includes an audio unit and a special map.

Audio unit includes a speaker; however there is also an audio jack. BYO headphones (audio jack, not Bluetooth).


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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. Further, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are advised that 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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Headphones (audio jack, not Bluetooth), suitable walking shoes and wet weather clothing (if needed).

Getting here arrow

For information about getting here, including by public transport, see: Visit Cockatoo Island

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