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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!

8 and 9 February
Red Hot Summer Tour 2020

The Red Hot Summer Tour will marks its 10th anniversary in 2020 with a special show at historic Cockatoo Island. On Sunday, 9 February, Aussie rock legends Hunters & Collectors will lead an all-star line-up. James Reyne, the Living End, the Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera will also perform. 

12 to 23 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 23 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
NIRIN: The 22nd Biennale of Sydney

Nearly 100 artists, creatives and collectives are involved in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, which runs from 14 March to 8 June. This year’s theme is NIRIN, a Wiradjuri phrase meaning ‘edge’, with a focus on Sydney as an expansive, global city comprised of vibrant, complex villages. Cockatoo Island will once again serve as an exhibition venue for the leading contemporary arts event, having attracted more than 850,000 visitors in 2018.

NSW School Holidays
School Holiday Fun at Cockatoo Island

Between Saturday 21 December and Tuesday 18 January 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!