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From Sandstone to Steel: A Walking History Tour

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  • $16 per adult
  • $5 per child
  • Available during the school holidays
  • Times to be determined
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
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Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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Step back in time with From Sandstone to Steel: A 90-minute Walking Tour of Cockatoo Island.

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.


Tickets for all scheduled tours are $16 per adult or $5 per child (12 years and under). Subject to guide availability, we also 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. 


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.

What to bring arrow

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.  

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


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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