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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 evenings
Sunset Sessions (live music)

Kickstart summer with Sunset Sessions. Our popular live music series returns 21 January 2023! Running Saturdays from 5pm, this picnic-style series features home-grown talents. The diverse line-up will cover different genres and will include First Nations and LGBTQIA+ artists. Tickets are only $35 per person (children 12 and under free).

Exclusive February tour
NSW Seniors Festival Convict Precinct Tour

Join us on Thursday 9 Feb, Saturday 11 Feb and Sunday 12 Feb for a special 45-minute highlights tour of Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct. For convenience, the tour will include transportation to and from the Convict Precinct in a stretch buggy.

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. 

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 an immersive exhibition on the Google Arts & Culture platform. Jump online and marvel at the 'Iron Giants' of Cockatoo Island.


Check out the below calendar to see an overview of current and upcoming attractions at Cockatoo Island...

Day Events and activities
Special events
Monday to Thursday