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15 July 2024
Seahorse hotels installed at Cockatoo Island / Wareamah

Last week, the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) with the help of Gamay Rangers, successfully installed 20 seahorse hotels on the Eastern Apron of Cockatoo Island / Wareamah.

9 July 2024
Cockatoo Island / Wareamah Master Plan and Sub Base Platypus celebrated for landscape architecture

The Cockatoo Island / Wareamah Master Plan and Sub Base Platypus Torpedo Factory, North Sydney have each won a cultural heritage category state award for landscape architecture. This award recognises the great work by the Harbour Trust and our consultants of the diverse range of projects undertaken to protect and manage its extraordinary harbourside destinations.

28 June
Have Your Say: Middle Head Oval – proposed new amenities building

The Harbour Trust has received a planning application from Mosman Council for a proposed new amenities building at Middle Head Oval. The proposal is on Harbour Trust land. Therefore, the Harbour Trust is the relevant planning approval authority. We invite members of the community to review the proposal and provide comment via the Have Your Say page until 5pm Monday 29 July 2024 (AEST).

24 June 2024
Join us for the ultimate island adventure: Cockatoo Island Open Day (20 July)

For one day only, we’re opening the doors to our heritage accommodation and waterfront tents to everyone! Explore our award-winning accommodation in person on Saturday 20 July to unlock an EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT on your next stay! Cockatoo Island will be a bustling backdrop for a range of FREE exciting activities the whole family will love! Between 10am and 3pm, there will be plenty of things to enjoy, including live music, delicious food and drinks and a series of expert talks about the island’s layered history and marine biodiversity.

3 June 2024
New partnership to advance the restoration of Cockatoo Island's marine environment

The Harbour Trust and Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) have established a new partnership to advance the scientific study and restoration of the marine environment at Cockatoo Island / Wareamah.

24 May 2024
Harbour Trust turns back clock on historic observation posts

Between June 2022 and November 2023, the Harbour Trust – with the aid of specialist volunteers, including ex-servicepeople – undertook work to faithfully restore the Counter-Bombardment Observation Post and its sister facility, the Close Defence Battery Observation Post. These remnant observation posts were part of North Fort, the former Defence complex and artillery battery established at North Head in 1936.

22 May 2024
Stay and save this winter with our Adventure Plus camping deal

Looking for a budget-friendly family getaway this winter? For a limited time only, we’re giving campers the opportunity to SAVE money when they DOUBLE their Cockatoo Island adventure! With our Adventure plus camping deal, families that book a Basic Camping Package – for a stay between 1 June and 31 August 2024 – are eligible to receive a second Basic Camping Package for half price.

21 May 2024
Join us for the public board meeting of the Members of the Trust

The Harbour Trust invites the public to attend the public board meeting of the Members of the Trust, in-person or online, between 5:30pm and 7pm AEST on Thursday 13 June 2024. Please register your attendance.

9 May 2024
Historic boat returns home to Cockatoo Island / Wareamah

On Wednesday 24 April, the Harbour Trust took ownership of the Fitzroy ferry and relocated it Cockatoo Island from Pittwater, where it had been in private use for decades. Measuring 3 metres (9 feet 8 inches), the wooden vessel once played a vital role in the island's maritime operations.