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School holiday tour: Convict Sounds

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  • $26 per adult
  • $16 for children (12 and under) and concessions
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Wednesday 12 April

  • 10:30am to 11:30am OR
  • 1:30pm to 2:30pm 
One day only
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
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Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW


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Looking for a school holiday idea that will engage and excite your kids? Catch the ferry to Cockatoo Island and step back in time with our brand-new sensory experience!

Convict Sounds is a unique way for families to learn about Cockatoo Island’s turbulent convict era (1839-69). Here’s the fun twist… Parents and children alike will get to participate in the creation of a historic soundscape!

As you explore convict-era buildings, including the Mess Hall, Barracks and Convict Workshops, a knowledgeable guide will share historical anecdotes and prompt you to get playful and recreate sounds from the island’s former penal establishment. Think whispered conversations, dramatic convict ballads, the percussive clank of machinery and hand tools…even animal noises! In this way, you’ll conjure the past in the present.

[Note: All children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.]

Convict Sounds is only running Wednesday 12 April. Book tickets today to avoid disappointment!
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Stay and refuel

Have you snagged tickets for Convict Sounds? Why not also stay in our waterfront campground and refuel at one of our family-friendly cafes!

Camping packages and 'BYO tent' option

Rates: Options range from $50 to $375 per night

We cater for all budgets, group sizes and occasions, including romantic getaways and family vacations. Want a hassle-free stay with your kids? Reserve our basic camping package and check into a pre-erected tent. Desire a little luxury? Book a deluxe package and unwind in a premium tent furnished with creature comforts. Prefer an authentic, DIY experience? Select our low-cost 'BYO tent' option. 

Family-friendly cafés

Cockatoo Overboard is located near the Visitor Centre on the Eastern Apron while Marina Café & Bar is situated in the historic Docks Precinct. Both cafés  offer kids specials and are licensed to serve alcohol. Seeking the perfect picnic? Purchase a meal from either venue – or bring snacks from home – and ascend to Biloela Lawn for a panoramic harbour view.

Helpful links

Looking to visit, stay at or tour Cockatoo Island? Here are some useful links.