Convict Escape Attempts

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  • 11:30 AM
  • 01:00 PM
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Cockatoo Island wasn’t always an idyllic getaway. This lively, all-ages tour will introduce you to a line-up of brave, foolhardy and desperate convicts who dared to escape notorious Cockatoo island’s penal establishment (1839-69), including fabled bushranger Captain Thunderbolt. As you explore the island, you’ll hear about successful and ill-fated escape attempts involving disguises, sewers, shark-infested waters, stolen boats and a volley of bullets.

Cost: $25 adults & $15 child 

Hours & times: Tours run on Saturday, weekly during the School Holidays and fortnightly there after at 11:30am & 1:00pm

Meeting point: The tour starting location is outside the Visitors Centre

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

COVID Safety:

Please note, all tour participants will be required to check-in with the guide on arrival to comply with COVID-19 contact tracing requirements. Members of each group must ensure they:

  • maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others;
  • have not travelled overseas within the last 14 days;
  • have not had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the last 14 days; and
  • are not unwell and have not had any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.

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 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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