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Convict Precinct

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7am to 11pm

  • Buildings 6, 10 and 15 have male and female toilets.
  • There is an accessible toilet in Building 6.

Convict Precinct, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour NSW

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One of 11 significant Australian convict sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, our Convict Precinct dates back to the 1840s.

There are striking landmarks well-suited to events, including the sandstone Mess Hall, the enclosed central courtyard, and the Military Guardhouse with sweeping views of Parramatta River.

UPDATE: The event venues at Cockatoo Island are fully booked from January to July 2020. Seeking to hold an event during this period? Check out the other amazing event venues offered by the Harbour Trust.

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Venue details

Capacity: 300 to 500 people depending on event setup.

Size: 2162m² in total, 95m² (Building 1), 132m² (Building 3), 61m² (Building 4), 128m² (Building 5), 737m² (grassed courtyard) and 1009m² (enclosed central courtyard).

Hours of use: 7am to 11pm

Toilets: There are facilities for four males and four females in Building 6, for six females in Building 10 and 12 males in Building 15. Building 6 also contains one accessible toilet.

Accessibility: Most areas of the island are wheelchair accessible; however, there is a steep incline from the lower island to the upper plateau, and – owing to the island’s industrial heritage – there are uneven surfaces as well as steps into every building.

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Important update

Currently, we are only accepting event bookings that comply with the NSW Government’s COVID-19 public health orders. 

  • Events with more than 150 attendees are NOT permitted and we will not be fielding enquiries for the remainder of 2020.
  • Wedding ceremonies are subject to the ‘one person per 4 square metre’ rule for indoor settings and the ‘one person per 2 square metre’ rule for outdoor settings. 
  • Commercial activities and low impact filming and photography MAY be permitted at our sites.

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