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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. 

Saturday 9 July
Crane Day 2022

Travel to the era when steam power ruled – and meet some of Cockatoo Island’s ‘Iron Giants’ – with Crane Day 2022, which is being held during the Winter School Holidays on Saturday 9 July. Between 10am and 2:30pm, visitors to the island will be able to see the No. 2 Travelling Steam Crane in action for FREE. 

All year round
Guided tours

Journey back to Cockatoo Island’s storied convict and maritime eras – or dare to step into the supernatural realm – with our program of history and paranormal tours. Our tours cater for different ages and interests. They're also a great opportunity to discover iconic landmarks, including heritage buildings rarely opened to the general public. Plus: Self-guided Audio Tour also available. 

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).

All year round
Hello Cockatoo Island

Wish you could awaken history and speak directly with Cockatoo Island’s heritage landmarks about their incredible stories? Now you can! Introducing our interactive 'Hello Harbour Trust' initiative. When you next explore Cockatoo Island, look out for the turquoise "Hello" signs inviting you to engage in a lively and informative text message conversation with some of our most beloved objects, including key landmarks.

All Year Round
Digital Harbour

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!