Eager to end the year on a high? Spend New Year’s Eve camping with family and friends at Cockatoo Island / Wareamah!

Only a limited number of NYE camping packages are available this year, so if you’re an outdoors lover, book ASAP to guarantee your family a spot in the heart of Sydney Harbour on the biggest night of the year! To make a booking, visit: cockatooisland.gov.au/nye 

Quick overview

Where: Cockatoo Island / Wareamah, Sydney Harbour
When:  Check-in: Saturday 30 December 2023 | Check-out: Monday 1 January 2024.
Cost:  Prices range from $430 to $1,840. (View PDF for full details)

As a camper, you’ll be close to the action but far from the crowds owing to incredible views of Sydney’s world-famous fireworks. Plus: There will be opportunities for adults and kids alike to embark on adventure and discover the island’s iconic landmarks, including the former dockyard and convict gaol. 

Eight options

A range of different NYE camping packages are available, catering for different preferences, budgets and family sizes. 

You can choose to stay on the island’s Eastern Apron (Harbour Bridge view) or Northern Apron (Woolwich view), either in a pre-erected tent or one you’ve brought from home.

Packages with pre-erected tents start at $570 (incl. GST), while a BYO tent option is available from $430 (incl. GST). There is even a 2-bedroom package, with a pre-erected tent capable of sleeping up to 6 guests. 

View camping package inclusions, prices and T&Cs (PDF)

Things to know

  • A minimum 2-night stay applies to each NYE package, with campers checking in 30 December 2023 and checking out on 1 January 2024
  • Due to capacity limits and reduced ferry services, access to the island on Sunday 31 December is restricted to those with an accommodation booking.


Located on Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island / Wareamah is a source of adventure and inspiration due to its historic landmarks, award-winning accommodation, and other popular attractions.

A major drawcard is the UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Site, which provides a window into the era when Cockatoo Island was a convict gaol (1839-69). Further highlights include a waterfront campground, licensed cafés, a historic dockyard, holiday houses and apartments, guided and self-guided tours and exciting seasonal events.

To find out more, visit: cockatooisland.gov.au