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Venues

Owing to their natural beauty, distinctive heritage buildings and stunning water views, our network of extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour are an opportunity for you to hold your next event in a truly unique setting.

From landscaped parklands surrounded by coastal bushland through to gritty industrial spaces on the waterfront, we offer iconic venues for different budgets, requirements and occasions.

Event Venues

Our indoor and outdoor venues at Cockatoo Island are ideal for a range of events, from corporate functions, commercial shoots and sporting displays through to art exhibitions and live music.

Industrial Precinct

Featuring exposed steel beams, cathedral-like ceilings and sandstone details, the interconnected buildings that make up this historic precinct boast a gritty industrial character that will transport event attendees to a bygone era.

Eastern Apron

Set against the dramatic backdrop of a sheer cliff face, the Eastern Apron is a magnificent waterfront area offering a breathtaking harbour view. Consisting of grass, concrete and relics of the island’s shipbuilding days, this functional open space can facilitate large structures and parked vehicles, and is also suitable for tents, marquees and set builds.

Convict Precinct

One of 11 significant Australian convict sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, our Convict Precinct dates back to the 1840s. Some of the striking landmarks, well-suited to events, include the sandstone Mess Hall, the enclosed central courtyard, and the Military Guardhouse with sweeping views of Parramatta River.

Conferences and Meetings

Cockatoo Island is a unique and inspirational backdrop for business meetings and conferences, including team-building, training, planning and brainstorming days. 

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Wedding Ceremonies

Our magnificent wedding locations at Headland Park in Mosman, Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse and Woolwich on the Hunter’s Hill Peninsula are guaranteed to add a ‘wow’ factor to your Special Day.

Headland Park

Set amidst coastal bushland on the Mosman Peninsula, our four wedding locations at Headland Park marry tranquil green space with Billion Dollar Views of Sydney Harbour. 

Macquarie Lightstation

Perched upon the clifftop of Vaucluse, Macquarie Lightstation is the site of Australia’s original lighthouse. Say ‘I do’ against the spectacular backdrop of Macquarie Lighthouse, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.  

Woolwich Parklands

With sweeping views of Sydney Harbour, including the Harbour Bridge and Cockatoo Island, our public parklands at Woolwich – Horse Paddock and Goat Paddock – are two of the few wedding locations in Sydney where you can arrive by boat.

Permits and approvals

Commercial activities

If you are seeking to undertake a commercial activity at Cockatoo Island, you will need to apply for a Commercial Activity Permit.

Filming and photography

We offer ultra-low, low-impact and student filming and photography permits to shoot on Cockatoo Island. The location is also available for media shoots, and medium to high impact filming and photography, including feature films, TV series, commercial and fashion shoots.