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Need some serious inspo for your summer playlist? You’re in luck – Sunset Sessions has returned to Cockatoo Island just in time for the hotter months - pack your picnic rug/chairs and enjoy!

Running on Saturday evenings over 12 dates, from 23rd November 2019 to 28th March 2020, local musicians will take to our stage on Biloela Lawn to perform acoustic tunes.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Sydney Harbour, with food and refreshments available for purchase from the Marina Café & Bar (see below), Sunset Sessions offers the ideal escape this summer.

The popular live music event is presented by the Harbour Trust with programming by venue, 505 as well as the Music & Booze Co. who've brought you King Street Crawl and Bad Friday. 

Location: Biloela Lawn, Upper Island

Dates/times: 5pm to 8pm, supporting act at 5:30pm and headliner at 6:45pm

Tickets: $30-$35 for general admission; free for children 12 and under.
Note: there will be limited door sales on the night.


Marina Café & Bar

Courtesy of the island’s Marina Café & Bar, patrons will enjoy access to a Connoisseur Ice Cream cart, a mobile bar with on-tap refreshments from Byron Bay Brewery, James Squire and Tatachilla Wines; and delicious food including a house-made Grazing Box, a Dip & Cracker Box, gourmet pie of the day as well as chips and nuts. 

Important Information

What to bring

- This is picnic event - we recommend bringing along a picnic blanket and collapsible chair/s to enjoy the event.

- We recommend you come prepared with wet weather gear and sun protection.

Getting to Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is accessible by public ferry (F3 Parramatta Service). Travellers will need to purchase an opal card or a single ticket before departing for Cockatoo Island. Please note travel costs are not included with the performance ticket.

For more information on ferry tickets and timetables, go to transportnsw.info

Adverse Weather

Sunset Sessions is an outdoor event and is occasionally subject to adverse weather. The event will run wherever possible, and is not cancelled for light/intermittent/potential rain. We strongly recommend customers bring jackets to performances in case of rain (note the use of umbrellas during performances is not permitted as it obstructs the view of other audience members). Performances will be cancelled only if the weather poses a safety threat to patrons and staff. The decision to cancel a performance is made by the Harbour Trust Rangers, and will be made by 10am on the day of the event.  

Patrons accept the risk that weather they consider unsatisfactory may occur on a performance night and acknowledge that tickets will not be refunded unless a session is officially cancelled by the Harbour Trust. Should the session be cancelled by the Harbour Trust due to adverse weather, a full refund (less booking fees) will be issued to the purchase holder. When a session is cancelled, customers will receive an email and SMS from Outix advising ticket holders of the cancellation.  

Food and Beverage

- Food & Beverage will be available to purchase during Sunset Sessions from the Marina Cafe & Bar.
- Alcohol cannot be brought onto the island. Alcohol may only be purchased on the island from one of our licensed premises. All alcohol must be consumed in the Sunset Sessions licensed area. Those that are deemed by us to be intoxicated or are disrupting the performances will be asked to leave and will not be issued a refund.

Other conditions

- All persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Children 12 and under are FREE.
- Smoking is not permitted during the performances.

Transfers and cancellations

- Tickets are non-refundable, transfers can be made up to seven (7) days prior to the event date.
For more information, please contact our Box Office line on 1800 068 849.

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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