Camp and Make Convict Sounds at Cockatoo Island these School Holidays

  • Fri Apr 07 - Sun Apr 23 2023
  • All Ages
  • $0.00

Seeking a school holiday experience the whole family can enjoy? Escape to Cockatoo Island for a fun-filled day trip or staycation! Located in the heart of Sydney Harbour, the island is a great source of adventure and relaxation.

Popular attractions include an award-winning campground with easy access to waterfront cafés as well as guided tours for all ages.

PLUS: For one day only, families can time travel to the island’s turbulent convict era (1839-69) as part of an exciting new sensory experience.

Channel your Inner Convict

Convict Sounds experience.

Available for one day only, Convict Sounds is a unique way for families to discover Cockatoo Island’s convict history owing to a fun twist… Parents and children alike will get to participate in the creation of a historic soundscape!  

As you explore convict-era buildings, including the Mess Hall, Barracks and Convict Workshops, a knowledgeable guide will share historical anecdotes and prompt you and your kids to get playful and recreate sounds from the island’s former gaol. Think whispered conversations, dramatic convict ballads, the percussive clank of machinery and hand tools…even animal noises!  

Where:    Cockatoo Island Visitor Centre, Cockatoo Island Street, Cockatoo Island, NSW 2041
When:     Wednesday 12 April at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Cost:       $26 Adult | $16 Child (12 and under)

Book your Convict Sounds tickets today to avoid disappointment!

Camp in a Spectacular Setting

Enjoy an out-of-town family vacation…without leaving Sydney!


Check into Cockatoo Island’s waterfront campground, bordered by historic landmarks from the island’s storied convict and dockyard eras.  You’ll feel removed from the hustle and bustle of modern life but still get to watch the sun set and rise on the world’s best harbour!

The ‘BYO tent’ option is ideal for families on a budget. For a hassle-free stay, choose the basic Camping Package – it includes a pre-erected tent for two adults and two small children. Plus: Campers have access to the fire pit, showers and a sheltered kitchen. Camping is available from $50 per night.

Special offer: Book 2 or more nights in Cockatoo Island’s campground and receive 10% off your stay! To take advantage of this deal, select the 'Stay Longer and Save' rate when booking online. The offer also includes a voucher to redeem 2 Audio Tour tickets (including headsets and maps) for the price of one.

Where:    Northern Apron, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, NSW
When:     All year
Cost:       From $50

Unwind at a Family-friendly Café 

Hungry? Try Cockatoo Island's harbour-side hangouts!


The island features two family-friendly cafés. Marina Café & Bar is a harbour-side hangout that exudes country-style pub charm. Meanwhile, Cockatoo Overboard is a short stroll from the ferry wharf and is an opportunity for kids to refuel in a scenic setting. Both venues offer kid's specials and are licensed to serve alcohol.

Embark on an All-ages Tour 

Discover the colourful history of Cockatoo Island.

In addition to Convict Sounds, Cockatoo Island offers four guided tours for families on weekends.  

The Convict Precinct Tour, Sandstone to Steel Tour and lower Island Tour are each an opportunity to enjoy a crash course in the island’s history. Meanwhile, Dark Past Tour is a chance for families to discover the island’s secrets, scandals and skeletons as the sun sets. Tickets for each tour cost $16 for kids (12 and under) and $25 for adults.

Where:    Visitor Centre (meeting point), Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, NSW
When:     All year
Cost:       $25 Adult | $16 Child (12 and under)

For more information and to book events and camping visit Cockatoo Island.

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