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Convict Precinct Tour

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Cost
  • $12 per adult
  • $5 per child
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Hours

Group tour available upon request. Full details below

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Transport
  • Ferry 
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat
  • Kayak
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Convict Precinct, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

 

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Discover Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct with our 45-minute tour of the upper island.

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. You’ll also hear about the history of the island’s former shipbuilding yard, industrial school for girls and reformatory.

 

Make a booking

Tickets are $25 per adult and $15 per child (12 years and under). Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of at least ten people. To arrange a private group tour, complete our enquiry form. Note: Private group tours are not available on Saturday nights. 

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Plan ahead

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Although this is an all-ages tour, people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult as our guide will address potentially confronting.

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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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This tour will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather.   

Update (12/12/2019): Bushfire smoke continues to affect greater Sydney and, as a consequence, air quality has been deteriorating. For most people, smoke causes mild symptoms like sore eyes, nose and throat. The Harbour Trust wishes to advise that participating in this tour may not be suitable for people with existing lung and heart conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina. People with such conditions should follow their medical action plans and seek medical advice if they are concerned.

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Ahead of your visit, we encourage you to read the terms and conditions for this tour.

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Tour suspended

In light of recent Government advice surrounding COVID-19, this tour is being suspended until further notice...

Our priority is to limit the transmission of the virus and ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We will review the situation regularly as advice evolves. 

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