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School programs and vacation care

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Our school and vacation care programs equip the next generation with the skills needed to understand and appreciate the narrative of Sydney Harbour...

Children and teenagers alike will also have opportunities to exercise their imagination, participate in outdoor activities and form lasting friendships.

School and vacation care programs are offered at two of our heritage destinations on Sydney Harbour: Cockatoo Island and North Head Sanctuary, Manly.

Cockatoo Island

Escape to Cockatoo Island with your school or vacation group for a rewarding learning experience...

Primary school

Our interactive primary school programs – Convict Times and Then, Now and Tomorrow – are an opportunity for students to learn about the historical significance of Cockatoo Island as they engage in dress up and role-play, and interact with artefacts from different eras. Plus, we recently transformed our popular Convict Times excursion into the Convicts, Crimes & Cockatoo Island 360° virtual tour (NEW).

High school

Our interactive high school programs – Social and Maritime Case Study and History Site Study – are an opportunity for students, including those studying for the HSC, to consider the history of Cockatoo Island from multiple viewpoints and hone their historical enquiry and writing skills.

School camping trips

Enrich your next school, scout or youth group excursion with an overnight stay in our waterfront campground, situated alongside Cockatoo Island’s historic Industrial, Docks and Convict Precincts.

North Head Sanctuary

Featuring an abundance of wildlife as well as military fortifications that pre-date World War II, North Head Sanctuary is guaranteed to inspire and excite school-aged children...

EcoXplore Tours

EcoXplore provides engaging, inspirational and informative environmental education tours at North Head Sanctuary for primary school students and vacation care groups.

Ecoxplore Tour North Head Sanctuary Hanging Swamp Manly 650X550


The Harbour Trust has released worksheets to keep Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students engaged during lockdown and give them an easy way to tap into their creativity.

Drawing on the history of Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney, our worksheets combine Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 English and Science & Technology Outcomes with a light colouring-in activity.

Submarine Colouring In 650X550