Maritime history on display with Steam Crane Demonstrations

Image supplied by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Cockatoo Island will draw from its remarkable ship building history with steam crane demonstrations a feature of the Island’s spring school holiday program. The program of activities also includes songs and stories by the campfire and a range of tours showcasing the Island’s convict and colonial history.

Steam Crane Demonstrations
11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; 30 September 2017

Cost: Free

Installed on Cockatoo Island in the early 1900’s this Travelling Steam Crane is amongst the oldest in Australia. Check out the demonstrations and see how steam power ruled. The 20 minute demonstrations are ideal for kids of all ages.

Campfire Sessions
5.30pm & 6.30pm; 22 & 23 September 2017 and 6 & 7 October 2017
$35 Adult, $25 Concession (up to 18 years) + booking fee
FREE for any anyone glamping or camping on the Island

Providing the perfect entertainment for those glamping on the Island, Campfire Sessions held around the Cockatoo Island fire pit feature some of Australia’s best home grown music. Relax with a selection of Australia’s top underground artists as they share their stories of life, love, loss and laughs through intimate songs and story-telling. Programmed by Sydney’s favourite underground music venue, 505, these sessions will enchant, delight and amuse. Claudia Bowman of the Australian Artisan Cheese & Wine Experience on Cockatoo Island is offering some of her favourite Australian artisan products to pre-order or purchase on the night.

Haunted History Night Tours
6pm & 6.30 pm; 24, 27, 29 September 2017 & 4, 5 & 8 October 2017.
6pm, 30 September 2017
Cost: Adults $25, Children $15 + booking fee

A special spooky night tour of Cockatoo Island’s hidden histories and mysteries. This 90-minute nocturnal exploration is the perfect way to discover the history of Cockatoo Island from its early colonial beginnings as a prison, to a reformatory for orphans and wayward children, to a working shipyard.

Crooked Characters of Cockatoo Island
2pm & 4pm; 23 & 30 September 2017 and 11am & 1pm; 7 October 2017
Cost: Free

Crooked Characters of Cockatoo Island and other Colonial Escapades is an hour-long family friendly journey into the hilarious and fascinating underbelly of Australia’s colonial and recent history. The two guides will take you on an entertaining romp through the Australian Penal System that thrived on Cockatoo Island.

Convict Precinct Guided Tours
11.00am, 1.30pm & 3.00pm; 23, 28 & 30 September 2017 & 5 & 7 October 2017
Cost: Adults $10, children free

Learn about the fascinating history of Cockatoo Island which was a convict prison between 1839 and 1869. At its peak it was home to 550 men who built their barracks, forged their own prison bars and constructed the Fitzroy Dock.

Camping on Cockatoo
Available every night
Cost: Visit the Cockatoo Island website for rates

With the tent, mattresses and camping chairs already set up for you, this option is perfect if you crave a camping adventure without the hard work.
Tents are ideal for up to two adults and two small children.

Source: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

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