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Ghostyard – A Paranormal Tour

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Cost
  • Tickets: $45 per adult
  • Overnight Fright Experience: $205
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Hours
  • 9pm until 11pm
  • Saturday evenings
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Transport
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
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Meeting Point

Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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The Sixth Sense. Paranormal Activity. The Conjuring. Ghosts continue to captivate the public imagination, satisfying our primeval desire for a good scare… but the supernatural isn’t just the stuff of Hollywood.

From unconfirmed sightings of ghastly apparitions to dread-inducing felt experiences, Cockatoo Island has a history of paranormal occurrences that stretches back more than a century.

Find out for yourself with Ghostyard – A Paranormal Tour. To expose unseen forces, we’ve equipped your guide with a K-II EMF reader and a pendulum – devices used in paranormal detection.

As you search for ghosts in buildings rarely open to the public, you’ll hear macabre true tales, including grisly murders, botched prison escapes and incidents of gang violence.

Stay Overnight

Book our Overnight Fright Experience. After the tour, you’ll stay the night at our waterfront campground. No need to bring or pitch a tent – we’ll take care of that, so you can remain on high alert for spectral beings. Pleasant dreams, campers!

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Ghost Gallery

If you or a friend spot a ghost, share your scare on Instagram!

Tag us (@cockatooisland) and use the hashtags #CockatooIslandGhostyard and #CockatooIsland.

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Plan Ahead

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The easiest way to get to Cockatoo Island is by Public ferry. The F3 and F8 services operate to Cockatoo Island daily, departing from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo as well as from wharves along Parramatta River. For further information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website. You can also visit Cockatoo Island by water taxi, private boat or kayak.

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Boat mooring: Private vessels may use Camber Marina on the south side of Cockatoo Island. Pay for casual berthing at the Marina Café & Bar at the top of the gangway. Overnight berths must be booked in advance by calling 9940 0172 or emailing info@cockatoomarine.com.au. Most boats to 42' can be accommodated but there are restrictions above 30' length and 10m height so please call ahead to enquire about availability. Fees are $15 for 4 hours for a boat to 29'. Please visit cockatoomarine.com.au for further details and overnight bookings.

Parking spots: On-street parking is available near the ferry wharves at Woolwich, Greenwich, Chiswick, Huntleys Point, Drummoyne, Birchgrove and Balmain.

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There are currently no disruptions to public access. Ahead of your visit, please check back here for updates.

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Island amenities: Cockatoo Island has wheelchair access, toilet facilities (including accessible toilets), vending machines, barbeques, showers, an Opal card top-up machine, a kitchen (for exclusive use by campers), free Wi-Fi (enquire at the Visitor Centre) and gold coin operated lockers. Located in the Muster Station, each locker contains power outlets for charging devices. Small lockers (20cm x 20cm x 40cm) are available $2 for eight hours or $4 for 24 hours. Medium lockers (30cm x 40cm x 60cm) are available for $4 for eight hours or $8 for 24 hours. Large lockers (55cm x 60cm x 90cm) are available for $8 for eight hours or $12 for 24 hours.

Island conditions: Most areas of the island are wheelchair accessible; however, there is a steep incline from the lower island to the upper plateau, and – owing to the island’s industrial heritage –  there are uneven surfaces as well as some buildings not accessible by wheelchair.

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Cockatoo Island is patrolled by rangers from 8am to 4pm and by security personnel from 4pm and 8am. In the event of an emergency, dial 000 or 112 if mobile reception is poor. To contact a ranger during an emergency, call 0434 652 153 (8am to 4pm). Alternatively, to contact a security officer, call 0433 632 791 (4 pm to 8 am).          

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Help ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, by observing the following rules, enforceable by our rangers:

Conditions of entry: Do not fish, skateboard and roller-blade; do not bring pets (except guide dogs) onto the island; do not smoke within buildings or within five metres of a café; do not littering or dump rubbish; do not erect gazebos or marquees (without a permit); do not operate remote-controlled vehicles (including drones); do not play amplified music (without a permit) or create excessive noise; do not undertake commercial activities (without a permit); do not hold private functions (without a permit); and do not climb cliffs or on historical structures.

Alcohol consumption: To prevent unsafe alcohol consumption and curb anti-social behaviour, alcohol rules are enforced on the island. Visitors (with the exception of apartment and heritage house guests) are not permitted to bring alcohol onto the island. Alcohol consumption is permitted at the island’s two licensed venues, Societé Overboard and the Marina Café & Bar. For further details, see: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).      

Ticket prices

  • Tour Tickets: $45 per adult [Note: Ticketholders must be 18 years of age or older]
  • Overnight Fright Experience: $205 [Note: Includes one ticket plus a Deluxe Camping Package, valid for an overnight stay on the evening of your tour. Tent sleeps up to two people. If you are staying with a second guest, they must purchase a ticket for Ghostyard if they wish to join the tour.]

To view what is included in the Deluxe Camping Package, See: Waterfront Campground.

Note: Tickets must be purchased online.

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Book a group tour

Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of at least ten people. Note: Private group tours are not available on Saturday nights. To arrange a private booking, complete our group tour enquiry form.

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Additional Info

Adults only: Ghostyard contains material that some participants may find confronting including but not limited to suicide, mistreatment of children, harsh living conditions, loss of infancy and life. Therefore, it is only suitable for people 18 years and over.

Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Ghostyard contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.

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

Getting home: Ghostyard concludes at the Visitor Centre at 11pm. The final ferry to Circular Quay departs Cockatoo Island at 11.19pm and the final ferry to Sydney Olympic Park departs at 11.58pm.

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

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