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Pictured: Mould Loft, Main Floor, Upper Island on Cockatoo Island.

Conferences and meetings

  • Daily rates range from $350 to $1000 per venue
  • Additional fees apply for commercial activities

Venues available 8am to 5pm daily.

  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat


For ferry times, visit the Transport NSW website.

  • Conference Centre: Lower Island 
  • Mould Loft and Convict Cinema: Upper Island
Owing to its breathtaking harbour views and heritage character, Cockatoo Island is an inspirational backdrop for business meetings and conferences, including team-building exercises, training, planning and brainstorming days.

Seven conference and meeting spaces are available across the island's three venues – the Conference Centre, Mould Loft and Convict Cinema. These venues can be booked daily from 8am to 5pm. (T&Cs apply)

Conference Centre

Located in the Administration Building near the ferry wharf, our Conference Centre can accommodate 80 people across two meeting rooms and a conference theatre.

'Success' (conference theatre)

Fee: $700 per day

Size: 143m²

Capacity: Up to 50 people


  • 50 Chairs and 10 Tables
  • AV, projector and screen,
  • Whiteboard with markers and eraser
  • Water Station, mints, writing pads and pens.
  • Wi-Fi and ethernet port
  • Heating and fans
'Huon' (meeting room)

Fee: $550 per day

Size: 35.3m² (main room) and 30m² (breakout room)

Capacity: Up to 18 people


  • Board table with 18 chairs
  • Smart television
  • Whiteboard with markers and eraser
  • Water Station, mints, writing pads and pens.
  • Wi-Fi and ethernet port
  • Heating and fans
  • Lounge area (in adjoining breakout room)
'Clarence' (meeting room)

Fee: $450 per day

Size: 29.9m² (main room) and 9.7m² (breakout room)

Capacity: Up to 12 people


  • Board table with 12 chairs
  • Smart television
  • Whiteboard with markers and eraser
  • Water Station, mints, writing pads and pens.
  • Wi-Fi and ethernet port
  • Heating and fans

Convict Cinema

Located in the historic Convict Precinct, our cinema is equipped with features a large screen, surround sound and bean bag chairs, making it a great informal space to screen training videos or presentations.

Fee: $350 per day

Size: 60m²

Capacity: Up to 35 people


  • A projector, a five-metre wide screen, a DVD player and surround sound
  • 25 Mojo bean bag lounge chairs
  • Trestle table and 10 chairs (available upon request)
Book a venue
To book the Convict Cinema or Conference Centre, click 'Make a booking' below. [Note: To request the Mould Loft, complete the Mould Loft Hire Form available on this page – details below].
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Mould Loft

Located in the historic Ship Design Precinct, the Mould Loft can accommodate up to 250 people across three adjoining venues.

Main floor

Fee: $1000 per day

Size: 680 m²

Capacity: 100 persons


  • 100 Chairs
  • 10 Trestle Tables
  • Ceiling fans
Upper floor

Fee: $800 per day

Size: 680 m²

Capacity: 100 persons


  • 100 white plastic chairs
  • DVD and Projector (DVD player only)
  • Ceiling fans
Studio space

Fee: $500 per day

Size: 137m²

Capacity: 50 persons


  • 50 Chairs
  • 5 Trestle Tables
  • Ceiling fans

Additional info

Scroll for details about Cockatoo Island's catering services and amenities as well as the private and public transport options.

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Catering for your team or corporate group can be arranged with either of the island's cafés.

Cockatoo Overboard

Corporate groups can organise catering with Cockatoo Overboard, located just seconds from the Conference Centre. To discuss your requirements, phone 0434 372 260 or email

Marina Café & Bar

Looking for a lunchtime breakout space for your corporate group? Marina Café & Bar offers catering (pictured) and venue hire for groups of up to 150 people. Located alongside Camber Wharf, this harbour-side hangout boasts a relaxed beer garden as well as a marquee with seating for 50 people. To book, call Marina directly on 0457 571 610.

Additional service

Tea and coffee stations can be arranged for groups of at least ten people at a cost of $5 per person (see: Booking form). For information about self-catering, see: Conferences and Meetings Fact Sheet.

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Cockatoo Island is a former industrial site with cliffs and steep drops as well as occasional unmarked and uneven surfaces, voids, and trip hazards. For your safety, mind your step, wear appropriate footwear, stay alert for vehicles and construction activity, and monitor any children with you. The lower island is generally accessible by wheelchairs and mobility scooters; however, there are uneven surfaces, and some buildings are not suited to mobility aids. Further, accessing the plateau requires visitors to climb stairs and ascend rises. The campground is wheelchair accessible, with a dedicated shower and toilet available; however, tents have a step to enter, which is not suitable for wheelchair access. Priority works and major events may disrupt visitor access to areas of Cockatoo Island. Check our website for details and speak to our visitor centre staff for help, including alternative routes.


Cockatoo Island has wheelchair access, toilet facilities (including accessible toilets), vending machines, barbeques, showers, an Opal card top-up machine, a kitchen (for exclusive use by campers), free Wi-Fi (enquire at the Visitor Centre) and gold coin operated lockers. Located in the Muster Station, each locker contains power outlets for charging devices. Small lockers (20cm x 20cm x 40cm) are available $2 for eight hours or $4 for 24 hours. Medium lockers (30cm x 40cm x 60cm) are available for $4 for eight hours or $8 for 24 hours. Large lockers (55cm x 60cm x 90cm) are available for $8 for eight hours or $12 for 24 hours.

Public toilets

The Harbour Trust maintains public toilets at Cockatoo Island, and these facilities are listed on the Department of Health’s National Public Toilet Map. The toilets available at this destination are listed below:

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Public ferries

The easiest way to get to Cockatoo Island is by public ferry. The F3 and F8 services operate to Cockatoo Island daily, departing from Circular Quay and Barangaroo as well as from wharves along Parramatta River. For further information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website. You can also visit Cockatoo Island by water taxi, private boat or kayak.

Private transport

Sydney Event Cruises offer private transport to and from Cockatoo Island for small and large groups. A luxury limousine and large charge vessel hire can be arranged for up to 300 people, enabling your group to arrive in style to Cockatoo Island via Camber wharf. Call Sydney Event Cruises directly on 0407 973 508.

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Enhance your conference or meeting experience with our convenient on-site accommodation options. Bordered by landscaped gardens, our holiday houses and apartments combine authentic heritage character with modern amenities and harbour views. Meanwhile, our waterfront campground is an opportunity to unwind in a spectacular outdoor setting and watch the sun set and rise on Sydney Harbour.

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If you are planning on conducting a commercial activity, you will need to apply for a commercial activity permit at an additional cost. For details, see: Commercial activities

Helpful links

Planning a business meeting or conference at Cockatoo Island? Here are some useful links.