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Sandstone to Steel Tour

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  • $25 per adult
  • $16 per child (12 & under)
  • $16 per concession
Further details
  • Scheduled tour: 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Sundays
  • On-demand group tour also available (Mon-Fri)
Further details
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
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Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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Want a crash course in the storied history of Cockatoo Island, Sydney harbour? Book tickets for Sandstone to Steel...

This all-ages tour charts the changing face of Cockatoo Island. As you visit key landmarks from bygone eras, 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, including convicts, wayward youths and dock workers. 




Book tickets for our regular Sunday tour or arrange an on-demand group tour...

Join our regular Sunday tour

Our Sandstone to Steel Tour runs from 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Sundays. Tickets are $26 per adult, $16 per child and $16 per concession holder.

Arrange an on-demand group tour

Our Sandstone to Steel Tour is available as an on-demand tour for groups from 11am to 12 noon between Monday and Friday. A minimum purchase of 10 tickets applies.

Book a tour for a large group

Wish to arrange our Sandstone to Steel Tour for a large group with 40+ members? Tour operators and other interested parties are invited to complete our large group tour request form.

Book a tour
Book tickets for our regular Sunday tour and enjoy a crash course in Cockatoo Island's history...
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Important information arrow
  • Weather conditions: Tours will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. Participants will be notified via email if the tour is cancelled, and under these circumstances, a full refund will be issued. 
  • NSW COVID Safe check-in: All visitors must check in to Cockatoo Island via the NSW COVID Safe Check-in app.
  • Vaccination passport: All visitors must show their Vaccination Passport in line with NSW Health restrictions.
  • Social distancing: While on Cockatoo Island, we ask you to be aware of, and comply with, social distancing guidelines.
  • Room capacity signage: In line with health recommendations, we have included room capacity signs in some of our enclosed spaces. We kindly ask you to comply with capacity limits.
  • Face masks: We ask that you follow NSW Health guidelines and wear a facemask over your nose and mouth when in enclosed areas on Cockatoo Island.
  • Illness and isolation: If you feel unwell, please stay home. Further, if you have been asked to isolate due to illness, please do not attend the tour. Email us confirmation of your isolation to receive a refund.
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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Our First Nations community are advised that this tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased persons.
  • Site conditions: This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters due to uneven surfaces and the requirement to climb stairs and ascend rises.
  • Ranger and Security: All visitors must comply with the safety directives issued by guides, rangers and security staff.
  • Age restriction: People under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
What to bring arrow

Suitable walking shoes and wet weather clothing (if needed).

Getting here arrow

For information about getting here, including by public transport, see: Visit Cockatoo Island

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