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Dark Past Tour

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  • $26 per adult
  • $16 per child (12 & under)
  • $16 per concession
Further details
  • Time: 6:30pm to 8pm, Saturdays
  • Duration: 90 mins
Further details
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
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Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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Secrets. Scandals. Skeletons... Cockatoo Island has its fair share of all three. Discover for yourself with our intrigue-filled Dark Past Tour.

As day bleeds into night, you'll visit iconic landmarks and buildings from different eras, including the convict workshops, Dog Leg Tunnel and Biloela House. Plus, our guide will blend history with mystery to captivate your imagination! 


Tickets for our Dark Past Tour are available from $16 per person...

Our Dark Past Tour is $26 per adult, $16 per child (12 & under) and $16 per concession holder. This all-ages, after-dark experience is exclusively available on a Saturday night (6:30pm to 8pm), and is not offered as an on-demand group tour.  

Psst... Tried our Dark Past Tour and want to up the ante? Check out our Ghost Tour (18+). Available on Friday and Saturday nights for $47 per person, it's an adults-only journey into Cockatoo Island's supernatural realm. Do you dare?! 

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Book tickets for our Dark Past Tour to unearth Cockatoo Island's secrets, scandals and skeletons...
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  • Weather conditions: Tours will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. Participants will be notified via email if the tour is cancelled, and under these circumstances, a full refund will be issued. 
  • NSW COVID Safe check-in: All visitors must check in to Cockatoo Island via the NSW Covid Safe Check-in app.
  • Vaccination passport: All visitors must show their Vaccination Passport in line with NSW Health restrictions.
  • Social distancing: While on Cockatoo Island, we ask you to be aware of, and comply with, social distancing guidelines.
  • Room capacity signage: In line with health recommendations, we have included room capacity signs in some of our enclosed spaces. We kindly ask you to comply with capacity limits.
  • Face masks: We ask that you follow NSW Health guidelines and wear a facemask over your nose and mouth when in enclosed areas on Cockatoo Island.
  • Illness and isolation: If you feel unwell, please stay home. Further, if you have been asked to isolate due to illness, please do not attend the tour. Email us confirmation of your isolation to receive a refund.
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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Our First Nations community are advised that this tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased persons.
  • Site conditions: This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters due to uneven surfaces and the requirement to climb stairs and ascend rises.
  • Ranger and Security: All visitors must comply with the safety directives issued by guides, rangers and security staff.
  • Age restriction: People under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
What to bring arrow

Suitable walking shoes, wet weather clothing (if needed) and a torch (phone flashlights are adequate).

Getting here arrow

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

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