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Experience our program of regular tours, catering for all ages, interests and personalities – from history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts through to families and seniors clubs.

Whether you want to learn of our layered history, journey into the supernatural or explore distinctive heritage buildings, our tours are an opportunity to discover what makes our visitor destinations so unique.

Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour

Haunted History Tour

Secrets. Scandals. Skeletons... Cockatoo Island has its fair share of all three. Discover for yourself with our all-ages Haunted History Tour. As you explore atmospheric landmarks, our guide will blend mystery with history to captivate your imagination.

Ghostyard – A Paranormal Tour

As the witching hour approaches, embark on an adults-only journey into the supernatural realm with Ghostyard – A Paranormal Tour. As you search for ghosts, our guide will regale you with macabre true tales and unconfirmed sightings of ghastly apparitions.

From Sandstone to Steel: A Walking History Tour

Step back in time with our all-ages history tour! From Sandstone to Steel: A History of Cockatoo Island charts the changing face of our extraordinary island. As you visit key landmarks, including the Convict Precinct, Biloela House, the Convict silos, the Fitzroy Dock and the Turbine Hall, our guide will share historical stories, including anecdotes about a colourful cast of real-life characters.

Crooked Characters Tour

Get to know the charlatans, rogues, thieves and cut-throats who once populated Cockatoo Island, with our Crooked Characters Tour. This hour-long tour, available during the NSW School Holidays, is fun for the whole family.

Convict Precinct Tour

Discover Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct with our 45-minute tour of the upper island. Our guide will lead you through the turbulent history of the former penal establishment, stopping at iconic landmarks including the Mess Hall, Barracks, and Solitary Confinement Cells.

Audio Tour

Journey through Cockatoo Island’s complex and layered history at your own pace with our engaging audio tour. Featuring an informative narrator, immersive sound effects and archival interviews, this self-guided tour paints a vivid picture of the island’s bygone days.

Seniors Club Tour

Accompanied by our guide, the members of your Seniors Club will have an opportunity to learn about and visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct as well as the location of the island’s former shipyard, industrial school for girls and reformatory.

Group History Tour

Available in a 60-minute or 90-minute format, our Group History Tour is a guided journey through Cockatoo Island’s complex and layered history, from its use as a meeting place for the Eora People through to the convict and maritime eras.

Headland Park

Tunnels and Gunners Tour

Featuring gun emplacements, underground tunnels and military relics dating back to the 1870s, Headland Park in Mosman was crucial to Sydney's defence throughout World War II. During this 90 minute tour, our guide will vividly share the history of this demilitarised location, surrounded by beautiful coastal bushland and spectacular views over the harbour.

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North Head Sanctuary

North Fort Tour

With its large network of gun emplacements and underground tunnels, North Fort at North Head Sanctuary, Manly played a major role in Sydney’s coastal defence system throughout World War II. During our 70 minute tour of this former army base, you will walk in the footsteps of soldiers who protected our shores–above and below ground.

Third Quarantine Cemetery Tour

Established in 1881 for victims of a smallpox epidemic, North Head Sanctuary's Third Quarantine Cemetery is inscribed on the National Heritage List as a significant example of Australia’s evolving quarantine practices. During this hour-long tour, you will hear stories of people interred at this beautifully maintained coastal cemetery and enjoy unspoiled harbour views.

Macquarie Lightstation

Macquarie Lighthouse Tour

Originally built in 1818, Macquarie Lightstation is the site of Australia’s first lighthouse. During this 20 minute tour, our guide will regale you with Macquarie Lighthouse's storied history. You will ascend 100 steps to the lantern room and, from there, access the balcony for a breathtaking panoramic view of Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.

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