As the witching hour approaches, you’ll journey into the supernatural realm with our popular Ghostyard Tour. Drawing on Cockatoo Island’s storied history, our guide will share macabre true stories and hair-raising paranormal tales while leading you on a quest for ghosts.
Afterwards, we’ll test your scare threshold further with a screening of a paranormal horror film in our campground cinema. We’ve lined up a mix of cult classics and modern favourites to give genre buffs of all persuasions their fright fix.
Finally, you’ll settle in for an overnight stay in our waterfront campground. But before you do...why not sit around our outdoor fire pi, toasting marshmallows, sipping hot chocolate and sharing chilling campfire tales? Pleasant dreams, happy campers!
If you spot a ghost, 'share the scare' on Instagram! Tag us (@cockatooisland) and use the hashtags #CockatooIslandGhostyard and #CockatooIsland.
Overnight Fright Experience (2 people) – $230
Overnight Fright Experience (1 person) – $180
Can't stay overnight? You can still join the tour ($45 per ticket).
We're screening some horror favourites between now and May...
21 February 2020 – The Poltergeist (2015)
28 February – A Quiet Place (2018)
6 March 2020 – The Exorcist (1973)
13 March 2020 – The Sixth Sense (1999) + Friday the 13th (1980)
20 March 2020 – Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
27 March 2020 – The Fog (1980)
3 April 2020 – IT Chapter One (2017)
10 April 2020 – Oculus (2013)
17 April 2020 – The Babadook (2014)
24 April 2020 – Poltergeist (1982)
1 May 2020 – The Ring (2002)
8 May 2020 – Ouija (2014)
15 May 2020 – Annabelle (2014)
22 May 2020 – A Quiet Place (2018)
29 May 2020 – The Exorcist (1973)
The tour component of our Overnight Fright Experience 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.
The tour component of our Overnight Fright Experience contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.
The tour component of our Overnight Fright Experience 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.
Suitable walking shoes, wet weather clothing (if needed) and a torch (phone flashlights are adequate).
The tour component of our Overnight Fright Experience concludes at the Visitor Centre at 10pm. The final ferry to Circular Quay departs Cockatoo Island at 11.19pm and the final ferry to Sydney Olympic Park departs at 11.58pm.
The tour component of our Overnight Fright Experience 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.
Ahead of your visit, we encourage you to read the terms and conditions for our Ghostyard Tour.
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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