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A Nightmare on Elm St on Cockatoo Island/Wareamah

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Haus of Horror presents "A Nightmare on Elm St" on Cockatoo Island/Wareamah.

Australia's number one immersive cinema
is excited to welcome you to the UNESCO world heritage site Cockatoo Island/Wareamah for a two-day spookathon under the stars.

Each ticket grants you a private, return chartered themed ferry whisking you across the harbour,  multiple scare zones, island exploration pre-film, entry to bars and diverse food vendors as well as a live DJ accompanying the sunset. Step into the film and have your photo taken in our immersive photo booth, wander around and meet special guests, and the grand finale – A Nightmare on Elm St against the breathtaking backdrop of Sydney Harbour! Arrive early to take it all in! 

WHEN: Event begins at 5pm, with the film beginning at sunset.


Your ticket includes a private, return, chartered ferry to whisk you across the harbour to Elm St; with a special guest or two and some spooky surprises. Please purchase the ticket that corresponds to your preferred ferry departure time. All private, themed ferries will depart from King St Wharf at Barangaroo. All tickets include this ferry to and from The Island. 

If you'd prefer not to take our private ferry that's included in your ticket, Cockatoo Island is also accessible via the public ferry, or water taxi.

Once on Cockatoo Island, the cinema venue is a short walk through the spooky former Industrial Precinct. You never know who you'll meet in the dark...

Please note the site includes former industrial spaces and outdoor areas. We advise sensible footwear as the site has uneven ground throughout.

We keep an eye on the changing weather before any event. We're blessed that this location has an awe-inspiring indoor space to move this event to, about 30 metres from the outdoor space. The Turbine Hall is an incredible building, rich with history and large enough for 600 people to watch a film. While all Scare Zones, Photo Booths etc are already inside, if we make the choice to move the screening indoors, all attendees will receive an email the morning of.  

Public Ferry

The F3 and F8 services operate to Cockatoo Island, departing from Circular Quay and Barangaroo as well as from wharves along Parramatta River. For further information, including timetables please click HERE.

Water Taxi

If you would prefer to organise your own arrival and departure from Cockatoo Island, there are a number of private water taxi services available on Sydney Harbour.

To arrange this you will need to contact the water taxi service of your choice and book with them directly.

Getting to King Street Wharf, where our private chartered ferries depart from:

Our Haus of Horror ferry departs from King Street Wharf, which is on the edge of Sydney’s CBD, nestled between Cockle Bay Wharf and Barangaroo.

King Street Wharf is a five-minute walk from Wynyard Station. Take the Barangaroo exit, and walk down towards the waterfront.

To find the right service, visit Trip Planner by Transport NSW and enter ‘King Street Wharf’ as your destination.

There are several car parks within close walking distance to King Street Wharf. These include the following car parks, which operate 24 hours a day:

King Street Wharf Car Park (two-minute walk)
383 Kent Street Car Park (eight minute walk)
2 Market Street Car Park (ten-minute walk)

WHAT TO BRING: This is a seated event. Just yourself! 

Due to the nature of the venue, all bags will be checked upon arrival. Please do not bring glass, spray paint, textas or anything else that deface this historic venue. Weapons and alcohol will also not be allowed.

FOOD AND DRINK: A fully licensed bar is onsite as well as lots of food vendors, popcorn, soft drinks, snacks.

 Yes! If you need assistance, please email

PETS: We love animals but only service dogs on leashes are welcome at our screenings. 

 Bathrooms are available on-site.


Anyone under 18+ must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. We are a rain-or-shine event. However, in the event that weather conditions prove to be unsafe, we will notify ticket holders with information about a rescheduled screening. In the rare event there is an event rescheduled and you are unable to attend the new date, you'll be able to exchange your ticket to a different event and/or receive a credit for a future event.

You can choose to either print your ticket at home or download a barcode to your smartphone to be scanned at the gate for your admission. Be sure to turn the brightness level on your phone or device all the way up and have your barcodes loaded before you get to the front of the line. One ticket is good for one scan. It will not work on other scanners after being scanned. Seating inside is first-come, first-served.

 We are blessed to screen a film inside this historic location. Please show respect to all trees, waterways and buildings. Please, take everything with you that you bring. Do not leave rubbish around, it can easily be swept into our majestic harbour. We pride ourselves as a low-waste company.


No. Unlawful or attempted sale subjects tickets to Haus of Horror events to revocation without refund. Tickets obtained from unauthorised sources may be invalid, lost, stolen, or counterfeit and if so are void. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges

We recommend the use of Subtitles Viewer! on Apple devices or SubtitlePlayer on Android for our films when Closed Captioning is required. Both are free and sync to the film at the start of the movie or at the first dialogue and can be used anywhere you are seeing a film.

HOW DOES SEATING WORK: Seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Haus of Horror Ushers (in Haus of Horror T-Shirts) are on-site to assist with seating or with any questions. 

 There are no passouts.

 Yes, a First Aid officer will be on-site at all times. If you need assistance, please find the nearest staff member or security.

Haus of Horror
 is brought to you by The Preative and creative directed by Felicity Heath
We hold immersive spooky events and iconic film screenings in historic and cultural Australian locations. 
Please feel free to stay up to date with us on our instagram: Haus of Horror.

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