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Group History Tour

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  • $16 per adult
  • $12 per senior
  • $12 per child (12 and under)

[Notes: minimum charge of $120 per group. We allow a max. of 20 people per group]

  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat

Visit the Transport NSW website for ferry info. 

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Meeting point

Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW


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Our on-demand Group History Tour is a guided journey through the layered history of Cockatoo Island, a former prison, navy dockyard and major ship-building site, just a short ferry trip from Sydney CBD. 

As you visit iconic landmarks, including the UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct, our knowledgeable guide will share stories and anecdotes that paint a vivid picture of the island throughout the ages. The Group History Tour is a great sightseeing activity for Probus and other groups, including seniors, families, tourists and historical societies.

Tour options

Our Group History Tour is available in a 60-minute or 90-minute format....

The 60-minute tour is suitable for groups with less mobile members as it is tailored to only cover the lower island. Meanwhile, the 90-minute tour expands the experience to include a walk to – and exploration of – the upper island.

Subject to guide availability, we are accepting private bookings for groups of up to 20 people. Further, bookings must be made at least seven (7) days in advance of the tour date.


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Note: Bookings are subject to guide availability and must be made at least seven (7) days in advance of the tour date.
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Plan ahead

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Service NSW app – COVID Safe check-in

As a registered COVID Safe business, we require ticketholders to use the Service NSW app to scan a QR code and ensure a COVID Safe check-in at Cockatoo Island. Ahead of your tour, please ensure you have downloaded the app to your mobile device

[Note: When you check using the app, only Cockatoo Island’s location and the time of visit is recorded. This information is stored for 28 days and only for the purpose of contact tracing, if necessary.]

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Other conditions for tour participation

To comply with the NSW Government’s COVID-19 public health orders, we are currently only accepting tour bookings for groups of up to 20 people. Further, members of each group must ensure they:

  • maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others;
  • have not travelled overseas within the last 14 days;
  • have not had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the last 14 days; and
  • are not unwell and have not had any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
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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.   

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

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