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Group History Tour

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Cost
  • $16 per adult (60-minute and 90-minute format)
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Hours
  • Tour available for private bookings only [Note: bookings must be made at least seven (7) days in advance]
  • Tour available in a 60-minute or 90-minute format.
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Transport
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat
  • Kayak

For public transport information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.

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Meeting point

Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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Available in a 60-minute or 90-minute format, our Group History Tour is a guided journey through Cockatoo Island’s complex and layered history.

Accompanied by our experienced guide, your group will learn about and visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct as well as the location of the island’s former shipyard, industrial school for girls and reformatory. Drawing on many fascinating stories and anecdotes, our guide will paint a vivid picture of the island’s convict, maritime, industrial and recent past.

Request a tour

Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of at least ten people. Notes: Tours must be booked at least seven (7) days in advance, and if your group exceeds 28 people, an additional guide or guides will be organised. To arrange a Group History Tour, complete our group tour enquiry form.

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Plan ahead

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

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Booked tours 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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Helpful links

Looking to visit, stay at or tour Cockatoo Island? Here are some useful links...

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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