Cockatoo Island: Haunted History Tours (All Ages)
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In light of recent Government advice surrounding COVID-19, this tour is being suspended until further notice. Our priority is to limit the transmission of the virus and ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff. Harbour Trust parklands will otherwise remain open daily, as will the 22nd Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island. We will review the situation regularly as advice evolves.


Secrets. Scandals. Skeletons... Cockatoo Island has its fair share of all three. Now a vibrant cultural destination, this one-time convict penal establishment is still haunted by its history.

Running Saturday evenings, our all-ages Haunted History Tours are an exciting opportunity for you and your family to experience Cockatoo Island’s most atmospheric landmarks, including the convict workshops and gaol, the grain silos, Dog Leg Tunnel and Biloela House. Plus, our guide will captivate your imagination as they masterfully blend history with mystery!

 Cost: $25 per adult and $15 per child

Hours & Times: Runs every Saturday from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.

Meeting point: Meet outside the Cockatoo Island Visitors Centre.

Planning your trip: Access to Cockatoo Island is by ferry. Please visit for ferry timetables. 

Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of at least ten people. To request a private group tour, complete our enquiry form. Note: Private tours are not available on Saturday nights.


Terms & Conditions:

  • The tour is designed to be family-friendly but children must be accompanied by an adult. Further, the tour’s duration (and possibly some of the content) may not be suitable for very young children.
  • The tour is 1 hour 30 minutes and involves a steep incline, some uneven surfaces and is not suitable for mobility scooters.
  • We recommend that guests bring a torch as the tour is conducted in the dark, and sections of the walkways on Cockatoo Island can be uneven.
  • Please wear suitable and sensible walking shoes. The Harbour Trust advises that high heels, thongs and loose sandals are not recommended to wear during tours
  • Tours will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in cases of extreme weather. Participants are encouraged to bring a raincoat. Participants will be notified via SMS if the tour is cancelled and a full refund of the ticket price (less booking fees) will be made.
  • Visitors are not permitted to bring alcohol onto the island and random bag searches may be conducted on arrival.
  • For the safety of all attending the tour, any person who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will not be allowed to attend the tour.
  • Disruptive behaviour whilst on the tour will not be tolerated. Anyone deemed disruptive will be removed from the tour immediately by security.
  • Meet outside the Cockatoo Island Visitor Centre, a two minute walk from the ferry wharf.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, transfers can be made up to seven (7) days prior to the tour date. Contact our Box Office line on 1800 068 849 or email

Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: This tour contains stories and may contain images and/or visuals of deceased people.

Additional content warning: This tour contains content and stories that some participants may find confronting.

Disclaimer: Bushfire smoke continues to affect greater Sydney and as a consequence air quality has been deteriorating. For most people, smoke causes mild symptoms like sore eyes, nose and throat. The Harbour Trust wishes to advise that tours and outdoor programs on Cockatoo Island may not be suitable for people with existing lung and heart conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina. People with such conditions should follow their medical action plans and seek medical advice before participating in tours and outdoor programs.  The Harbour Trust reserves the right to cancel tours and outdoor programs if air quality deteriorates beyond acceptable levels.

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