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Cockatoo Island Overnight Fright

Explore the spooky side of Cockatoo Island — then stay there overnight.
By Marissa Ciampi
October 17, 2019
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Cockatoo Island Overnight Fright

Explore the spooky side of Cockatoo Island — then stay there overnight.
By Marissa Ciampi
October 17, 2019
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Cockatoo Island's mysterious and spooky past will be explored this Halloween, when the venue's Ghostyard Tours return to bring a little fright to your weekend. This special version of the island's regular haunted history night tours will investigate Cockatoo's eerie past and paranormal residents, then invite you to spend the night camping out with said ghosts.

The overnight experience starts with a two-hour tour of the island, delving into its (creepy) history as a prison, dockyard, reformatory, school and wartime port. The tour will finish at the world heritage-listed Convict Precinct, where a horror film marathon will take your nerves from bad to worse. To distract you, only ever so slightly, you'll be given hot chocolates, biscuits and marshmallows to roast over an open fire pit.

Once the films are finished — and you're well and truly terrified — you'll  head over to your deluxe tent, where we doubt you'll get a wink of sleep.

The full overnight fright experience will cost you $185 all up, or $230 for two — if scare tactics is your idea of a date. If your nerves can't stand the idea of sleeping in a (potentially) haunted place, you can also opt for just the Ghostyard Tour at $45 a pop.

Nab your tickets here — but they're in limited quantity, so don't wait. If you miss out on the Halloween version, however, the overnight experience will continue on most Friday nights for the remainder of the year.

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