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Cockatoo Island’s Overnight Fright Experience

  • Written by Rebecca Hage

Cockatoo Island is turning up the scare factor this Halloween, launching the Adults Only Overnight Fright Experience as a special tribute to the spooky date. From 31 October, Overnight Fright will test your fear threshold with a night under the stars and a horror film to boot.


By day Cockatoo Island is in an enchanting destination filled with historical wonderment and charming vistas. By night the ghosts of yonder years come out to play and now visitors can spend the night with these quirky characters.


The Overnight Fright Experience starts with the unnerving history told through the Ghostyard Tour- A paranormal tour, as guides delve into the gruesome tales of wayward girls, cheeky convicts and long forgotten dockyard workers. From unconfirmed sightings to the dread inducing chills, this tour will introduce the silent characters who make up the darker side of Cockatoo Island.


Following this 2 hour exploration, settle in for the night as Cockatoo Island’s resident horror movie experts showcase the best horror movies on offer. Played in the campground cinema, located in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct, this will have even the toughest quaking in their boots.


If joining this ghoulish adventure wasn’t enough, Cockatoo Island has set up the ultimate Deluxe Camping that will top off the Overnight Fright Experience. Sleep under the stars in one of the island Deluxe Camping tents and let your nerves be soothed by the rhythmic waves of Sydney Harbour.

Cockatoo Island’s Overnight Fright Experience will run every Friday night until the end of the year. For more information and to book tickets, visit


Cockatoo Island Overnight Fright Experience

When: Every Friday night


Overnight Fright Experience (2 people) - $230

Overnight Fright Experience (1 person) - $185

Ghostyard tour only - $45

Where: Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour. Pick up your map from the Visitor Centre.

Tickets: Tickets available until sold out. Visit the Cockatoo Island website at

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