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We endeavour to engage the community through initiatives that vividly bring to life the rich stories of our extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour.

We host free talks on a range of topics and facilitate educational programs for children and teenagers at Cockatoo Island. In addition, we encourage members of the community to share stories of their special connection to each of our sites.

Trust Talks

The Trust Talks program is a series of free presentations by guest presenters, including historians and authors, on the evolution of Sydney Harbour, the enduring significance of our sites for First Nations People, the conservation of local flora and fauna, and other fascinating topics.


Club Talks

Discover some of the most extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour with our exciting program of free Outreach Talks for Probus Clubs, U3A groups, historical societies, community groups and more. Marrying archival and current images with historical facts and anecdotes, our speakers are experts at captivating enthusiastic audiences.


School Programs

Escape the classroom and head to Cockatoo Island with your students for an interactive learning experience. Our school programs support several key syllabus areas of the NSW Curriculum and have been designed to foster enquiry-based learning.

Primary School Programs

Our two primary school programs – Convict Times and Then, Now and Tomorrow – are an opportunity for students to learn about the historical significance of Cockatoo Island as they engage in dress up and role-play, and interact with artefacts from different eras.

High School Programs

Our two high school programs – Social and Maritime Case Study and History Site Study – are an opportunity for students, including those studying for the HSC, to consider the history of Cockatoo Island from multiple viewpoints and hone their historical enquiry and writing skills.

Vacation Care

Available Monday to Friday during the NSW School Holidays, our vacation care program combines fun activities, outdoor exploration and history. Best of all, kids will have opportunities to tap into their creativity through arts and craft.


EcoXplore Tours

Looking for a fresh, exciting and innovative education program that informs kids about the environment as they embark on a fun outdoor adventure? EcoXplore provides engaging, inspirational and informative environmental education tours at North Head Sanctuary for primary school students and vacation care groups.


Oral History Project

Did you ever live or work at Cockatoo Island, Sub Base Platypus or one of our other extraordinary sites? If so, we’d love to hear from you! As part of our ongoing Oral History project, we’re gathering stories that will help us vividly bring to life the history of our sites for future generations.