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Looking for things to do in Sydney? Head to Cockatoo Island, located in the heart of the harbour!

Our What’s On Directory (below) provides an overview of current and upcoming attractions, including guided tours and special events that reveal and celebrate the island's heritage, including heritage crane demonstrations.

To plan your trip or browse accommodation, see Visit Cockatoo island and Stay at Cockatoo Island. Unable to visit Cockatoo Island? We also offer virtual experiences including online exhibitions and webinars. 

New Year's Eve 2021
NYE Opera Gala & Accommodation

Eager to end 2021 on a high? Spend the biggest night of the year at Cockatoo Island! Revellers can enjoy an evening of opera AND stay in our award-winning accommodation! Opera Australia’s inaugural New Year’s Eve Opera Gala is an opportunity to enjoy performances by a line-up of opera stars on our Eastern Apron – a raw industrial setting with sweeping harbour views. PLUS: You can ring in the New Year with a stay in either our waterfront campground or one of our holiday houses or apartments. Note: Opera Gala tickets and accommodation are sold separately. 

November to December 2022
Opera on Cockatoo Island: Carmen

We are excited to be hosting Carmen on Cockatoo Island, an innovative, outdoor opera experience premiering in November 2022. It is Bizet’s gripping tale of fate and freedom, presented in an exciting new way – under the stars, against the backdrop of our iconic destination in the heart of Sydney Harbour.

Performances will run select nights between 25 November 2022 and 18 December 2022. Tickets are available from $79 (excl. booking fee).

Now available to watch
Harbour Trust 20th Anniversary – Commemorative videos (NEW)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Harbour Trust, established in 2001 to protect heritage sites in Sydney including Cockatoo Island. To celebrate this milestone, we are proud to share a series of compelling videos telling the Harbour Trust’s story from the perspective of our community.

All Year Round
Digital Harbour (NEW)

Unable to visit our heritage destinations in-person? Don’t worry! Introducing Digital Harbour – a curated collection of videos, articles and other online experiences that enables you to discover our protected sites and delve into their layered histories, no matter where you are in Australia... or the world!

All year round
Google Arts & Culture exhibitions

Unable to visit Cockatoo Island? Don't worry. The Harbour Trust has launched a collection of immersive exhibitions on the Google Arts & Culture platform, meaning people can experience the island and other extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour anytime, anywhere in the world. Jump online and marvel at the 'Iron Giants' of Cockatoo Island, discover the site's First Nations heritage... and so much more!  

NSW School Holidays
Heritage steam crane demonstrations (FREE)

Travel back to the era where steam ruled – attend an upcoming demonstration of one of our vintage steam cranes!