Convict Escape Attempts
Booking for this event is not available This event has already taken place or temporarily unavailable for booking.


This all-ages tour will introduce a line-up of brave, foolhardy and desperate convicts who dared to escape, 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: $16 adults & $12 child 

Hours & times: Tours run on Saturday during the School Holidays 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: All participants will agree that they; are not unwell, have not displayed COVID symptoms or been diagnosed within the last 14 days, have not travelled overseas within the last 14 days, and agree to maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres at all times. 


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.
Invite a friend
Your Name
Your Email
Your Friend's Name
Your Friend's Email
Write a message
Your Name
Your Email
Your mobile number