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What's On

In Sydney and looking for something to do on the world's best harbour?

In addition to our program of regular tours, we host special events – from concerts and art exhibitions through to sports competitions and community open days – that celebrate the natural and heritage values of our sites. We also promote attractions from within our thriving community of tenants. You’ll find details of upcoming events and attractions below.

All Year Round
Bondi to Manly Walk

Spanning 80 kilometres of harbour foreshore between two of Sydney’s most iconic surf beaches, the Bondi to Manly Walk includes pit stops at historic sites protected by the Harbour Trust; namely, North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Headland Park in Mosman, Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse and Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney. 

Every Wednesday
Middle Head Market

Operating every Wednesday from 8am to 2pm, the Middle Head Market is an opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy a pleasant, country-style bazaar atmosphere together with breathtaking harbour views and live music.

Monday to Sunday
Torpedoes Café at Sub Base Platypus

Need to 'sink' your hunger pangs or coffee cravings? Head to Torpedoes! Located alongside the pocket playground at Sub Base Platypus, this new pop-up café offers locally roasted coffee as well as a selection of breads, sandwiches and pastries.

Saturday evenings
Sunset Sessions

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!

12 to 22 February
Seniors Festival 2020: Convict Precinct Tour

Celebrate NSW Seniors Festival 2020 with an exclusive tour of Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World-Heritage listed Convict Precinct led by one of our knowledgeable guide. Running Wednesday to Saturday from 12 to 22 February, this 60-minute tour is a great opportunity to learn about the former penal establishment and admire iconic landmarks from this turbulent chapter in the island’s history.

17 to 27 February
Sydney SailGP – Behind the Scenes Tour

Escape to Cockatoo Island and go behind the scenes of SailGP, the world’s fastest and most exhilarating sail racing championship. From 17 to 27 February, guided tours of the SailGP technical base on Cockatoo Island will run daily. This is a rare opportunity to see SailGP’s wingsailed F50 boats up close, as elite athletes - such as the Australian SailGP Team - and their shore crews prep their F50 catamarans for battle on Sydney Harbour.

14 March to 8 June
The 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

Cockatoo Island is being reimagined as an immersive contemporary art space for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. Between 14 March and 8 June, visitors to the island are invited to engage with a series of public artworks – and participate in free and tickets events – anchored in this year’s theme: NIRIN.

NSW School Holidays
School Holiday Fun at Cockatoo Island

Between  Saturday 11 April 2020 and Sunday 26 April 2020, there will be an exciting program of school holiday activities including vacation care, immersive tours and historic crane demos.

NSW School Holidays
Steam Crane Demo

Travel back to the era where steam ruled – attend an upcoming demonstration of one of our vintage steam cranes!

31 December 2020
NYE 2020 Experience

Want to end 2020 on a high? Escape to Cockatoo Island for our New Year's Eve Experience.
You’ll get to spend the biggest night of the year in the heart of Sydney Harbour, basking in the city’s world famous NYE fireworks!