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arrow Important venue update
Our calendar is full of great events and exciting projects! So at this time, the Harbour Trust is unable to accept any more major event bookings for Cockatoo Island from October 2022 to January 2023.

Cockatoo Island has emerged as an iconic contemporary arts venue, having hosted everything from the Biennale of Sydney (since 2008) and SailGP (2019) through to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (since 2018) and live performances by the likes of Lorde and John Farnham.

Our indoor and outdoor venues at Cockatoo Island are ideal for a range of events, from corporate functions, commercial shoots and sporting displays through to art exhibitions and live music.

Industrial Precinct

Featuring exposed steel beams, cathedral-like ceilings and sandstone details, the interconnected buildings that make up this historic precinct boast a gritty industrial character that will transport event attendees to a bygone era.

Image: Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Cockatoo Island, 2018 (photograph by Jodie Barker)


Eastern Apron

Set against the dramatic backdrop of a sheer cliff face, the Eastern Apron is a magnificent waterfront area offering a breathtaking harbour view. Consisting of grass, concrete and relics of the island’s shipbuilding days, this functional open space can facilitate large structures and parked vehicles, and is also suitable for tents, marquees and set builds.

Image: © Invictus Games Sydney 2018/Getty Images


Convict Precinct

One of 11 significant Australian convict sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, our Convict Precinct dates back to the 1840s. Some of the striking landmarks, well-suited to events, include the sandstone Mess Hall, the enclosed central courtyard, and the Military Guardhouse with sweeping views of Parramatta River.