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Looking for something interesting to do at home, on your lunch break or wherever you may be?

Although people are unable to enjoy our full visitor experience, we're rolling out exciting digital initiatives that will enable you to stay connected with Cockatoo Island. Discover some of our upcoming events below...

27 May 2020 to 3 June 2020
National Reconciliation Week 2020

The Harbour Trust is taking a digital-first approach to National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) to enable all Australians to safely join us as we celebrate our First Nations community and advocate for a fairer, more inclusive nation. Our program includes a free webinar on Aboriginal trackers (27 May), a DigiTale on Bungaree and a curated selection of music, films and kids activity sheets.

16 June 2020 to 6 September 2020
The 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

Update (27/05/2020): Cockatoo Island has been reimagined as an immersive contemporary art space for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. Between 16 June and 6 September, visitors to the island are invited to engage with a series of public artworks anchored in this year’s theme: NIRIN.

Select Wednesdays
DigiTalks Program (NEW)

Introducing DigiTalks – a series of online talks, virtual tours and webinars designed to keep you engaged at home, on your lunch break or wherever you may be! Running on select Wednesdays, DigiTalks are an opportunity for attendees to gain rich insights into Harbour Trust destinations such as Cockatoo Island as well as the world's best harbour. We invite you to register for one, or more, of our upcoming DigiTalks.

Wednesday 10 June 2020
DigiTalk: Australia’s worst peacetime naval disaster (feat. Gillian Lewis)

On 10 February 1964, HMAS Voyager, the nation’s first Daring-class destroyer, collided with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, resulting in 82 deaths. Guest presenter Gillian Lewis (Australian National Maritime Museum) will reveal the factors that led to Australia’s worst peacetime naval disaster. She will also weigh in on what could have been done to avoid the tragedy and share the stories of the individuals who acted heroically in the immediate aftermath.

Image: HMAS Voyager, Sydney Harbour, navy.gov.au

Wednesday 17 June 2020
DigiTalk: The girls of Biloela, Cockatoo Island (feat. Yvette Poshoglian)

From 1871 to 1880, Cockatoo island was the site of the Biloela Public Industrial School for Girls and The Biloela Reformatory. These institutions were set up to deal with orphans and young offenders but were badly mismanaged. Guest presenter Yvette Poshoglian, author of the historical fiction ‘Escape from Cockatoo’, will discuss the conditions faced by the girls of Biloela, the superintendents responsible for their wellbeing, and the eventual investigation into both institutions. 

NSW School Holidays
School holidays program

Between  Saturday 11 April 2020 and Sunday 26 April 2020, there will be an exciting program of school holiday activities including vacation care, immersive tours and historic crane demos.

31 December 2020
NYE 2020 Experience

Want to end 2020 on a high? Escape to Cockatoo Island for our New Year's Eve Experience.
You’ll get to spend the biggest night of the year in the heart of Sydney Harbour, basking in the city’s world famous NYE fireworks!