Harbour Trust

For nearly 20 years, the Harbour Trust has protected and managed extraordinary foreshore sites on Sydney Harbour.

These include Cockatoo Island, Headland Park (Mosman), North Head Sanctuary (Manly), Sub Base Platypus (North Sydney) and Australia’s oldest lighthouse: Macquarie Lightstation (Vaucluse).

Each location is rich in history, with significant ties to First Nations countries as well as artefacts from Sydney’s naval, industrial and convict history. They also host some of Australia’s most precious natural ecosystems.

Striking a balance between innovation and conservation, we continue to breathe new life into our sites, creating vibrant public domains where visitors can engage with local history, appreciate breathtaking scenery and enjoy unique experiences.

This has involved delivering major cultural events together with forward-thinking partners, including the Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Festival and, most recently, Festival of Dangerous Ideas. The success of this approach has contributed to the enduring popularity of our sites, which attract nearly 1.8 million visitors each year.

The Harbour Trust acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters of Sydney Harbour, and the sites under our stewardship: the Borogeggal, Birrabirrigal, Cammeraygal, Gadigal, Gayamagal, Wallumedegal and Wangal people.

Harbour Trust and Festival of Dangerous Ideas

To ensure Cockatoo Island continues to occupy a central place in Sydney’s evolving cultural landscape, we seek out forward-thinking partners with a proven track record of captivating the public. For this reason, we are pleased to have partnered with Festival of Dangerous Ideas to bring this thought-provoking event to Cockatoo Island.

Just as FODI encourages discussion and debate around some of society’s most important issues, we actively engage Australians in an open dialogue about our sites, including our role in ensuring their future. By introducing Cockatoo Island to new audiences, FODI will contribute to the Harbour Trust’s goal of providing a lasting legacy for all Australians.

Cockatoo Island Ghostyard – A paranormal tour

The Sixth Sense. Paranormal Activity. The Conjuring. Ghosts continue to captivate the public imagination, satisfying our primeval desire for a good scare… but they aren’t just the stuff of Hollywood.

From unconfirmed sightings of ghastly apparitions to dread-inducing felt experiences, Cockatoo Island has history of paranormal occurrences.

Created in consultation with an acclaimed medium, Cockatoo Island Ghostyard – A paranormal tour is an adults-only journey into the dark heart of this former convict penal establishment.

To expose unseen forces, the tour guide will employ a paranormal detection device. As you explore buildings rarely open to the public, they will also help you make sense of the inexplicable by recounting the island’s most gruesome tales.

To truly test your fear threshold, book a Ghostyard Glamping Experience!

Spot a ghost? Share it on Instagram with the hashtag #CockatooIslandGhostyard!

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