Seniors Festival Convict Precinct Tour
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To celebrate 2020 NSW Seniors Festival, the Harbour Trust will run accessible Convict Precinct tours of Cockatoo Island between 12 and 22 February.


Presented in the Convict Precinct, our knowledgeable guide will take you through the layered history of this one-time convict penal establishment, reformatory school and shipbuilding yard. Following the tour, there will be an opportunity for exploration of the upper island for those who are able, at their own pace.

These tours are ideal for all seniors interested in an immersive tour of our UNESCO world-heritage listed island. Ticketholders who are mobility impaired are able to purchase a ‘mobility impaired ticket’ for transportation by buggy to the upper island.

When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday during the Festival

Meeting Point:  The tour will start outside the Mess Hall. If you have a mobility impaired ticket you will meet the guide outisde the Visitors Centre 15 minutes before the tour starts to arrange transport to the Mess Hall in the buggy

Times: 10.30am & 12.00pm

Cost: $12

Duration: 60 mins

Tour maximum: 18 people per tour. 3 tickets are reserved for those who are mobility impaired and the remaining are available for those able to walk to the upper island.


The tour will be held in the Convict Precinct. Those using the buggy transfers must be able to walk a short distance around the Convict Precinct.

Cockatoo Island has wheelchair access and accessible toilet facilities. However, the upper island is not accessible for people in wheelchairs due to the steep access road. 


Terms & Conditions:

  • The tour is 60 minutes in duration and involves a steep incline, some uneven surfaces and is not suitable for mobility scooters.
  • A moderate level of fitness and mobility are required to walk around during this on this tour. 
  • 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. Please being wet weather gear if required. 
  • 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.
  • Tours are family friendly, however children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • You must comply with all directions of the Guides, Rangers and Security.
  • For safety reasons, maximum tour numbers cannot be exceeded.
  • Dogs, bicycles and smoking are not allowed on the tour.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, transfers can be made up to seven (7) days prior to the tour date.
  • The Harbour Trust reserves the right to terminate any tour at any time.
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