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Couple enjoying Cockatoo Island's self-guided Audio Tour in the Convict Precinct.

Self-guided tours of Cockatoo Island

Want to journey through Cockatoo Island’s layered history at a relaxed pace? Try one of our self-guided tours!

Our Audio Tour is an immersive, 90-minute experience available for $6 from the Visitor Centre. Meanwhile, our free Talking Object Tour harnesses mobile technology to bring 9 objects, including historic landmarks, to life. Look out for the turquoise "Hello" signs to start a lively conversation with one of our talking objects.

Audio Tour

Cost: $6 | Duration: approx. 90 mins | Available from the Visitor Centre

Our self-guided Audio Tour paints a vivid picture of the island’s bygone days across 26 audio stops. It features an informative narrator, immersive sound effects, and archival interviews with former workers and residents. Pick up the Audio Tour handset and map from the visitor centre during operating hours (10am to 3pm daily). No booking required.

Talking Object Tour

Cost: FREE | Duration: approx. 60 mins | Scan a "hello" sign to start

While exploring 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 iconic objects and landmarks. Scan the QR code on the sign or text the advertised phone number to start a conversation.  

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