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What's on at Cockatoo Island / Wareamah

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Looking for things to do in Sydney? Head to Cockatoo Island / Wareamah, located in the heart of the harbour!

View the directory and calendar, below, to learn about current and upcoming attractions that showcase the island's heritage character and explore its layered history. 

30 September to 11 October
Fun school holiday activities at Cockatoo Island

These school holidays, escape to Cockatoo Island / Wareamah on Sydney Harbour for a fun-filled adventure! Located in the heart of Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island offers a wide range of fun and educational activities that are perfect for all-ages. From camping under the stars to exploring the island's rich history on guided tours, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

December 2023
New Year's Eve Accommodation 2023

Eager to end 2023 on a high? Book accommodation at Cockatoo Island for New Year’s Eve and spend the biggest night of the year in the heart of Sydney Harbour! As either a camper or guest in one of our charming houses or apartments, you’ll spend the biggest night of the year close to the action… but far from the crowds! Not only will you get to stay in award-winning accommodation, you’ll also get to bask in the city's world famous NYE fireworks.

27 to 28 October
Sleep Under the Stars on Cockatoo Island

On Friday 27 October, Stepping Stone House will be holding their annual fundraising event ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ on Cockatoo Island / Wareamah. Gather a team and sleep outside in the heart of Sydney Harbour. Can’t make the event in-person? Join their live event online and sleep remotely in your own backyard, garage or safe space. All money raised during the event will go towards providing safe shelter and care to young people experiencing homelessness.

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. 

Self-guided tours

Delve into the layered history of Cockatoo Island at your own pace with our selection of self-guided tours. Our immersive Audio Tour paints a vivid picture of Cockatoo Island throughout the ages. Meanwhile, our Talking Object Tour harnesses mobile technology to bring historic objects and landmarks to life.


View the below calendar for an overview of current and upcoming attractions at Cockatoo Island.

Day Attraction
Special events
Mon to Thurs