Convict sleepover

Applications for the Convict Sleepover are now closed.

Key Information

This program is offered only to remote and regional schools in NSW, on application.
Applications now closed

Applications are now closed. however we would like to invite eligible schools to register their expression of interest if this program becomes available at a later date.

If your school’s application is successful, we subsidise the full cost of the program, including food and accommodation, and allocate a travel subsidy of an additional $20 per student.
Supervision ratios

Adults will be accommodated with the students in the Hammock Room and will be responsible for overnight supervision of the students from 9.30pm to 6am.

Sessions offered

Tuesdays or Wednesdays during school terms.

Maximum Students
Maximum - 40. 
Please note that a minimum also applies - your school may be required to share with another school.

About the program

Muster your convicts for the Convict Sleepover at the Hyde Park Barracks where they will  be lodged, for one unforgettable night, in the convict dormitories where tens of thousands of convicts slept between 1819 and 1848. This is as close as you’ll get to experiencing the life of a convict.

They’ll be lined up for inspection and issued with a convict shirt before being assigned to a work gang. Convict overseers will lead them through the barracks by lamplight, show them their lodgings and share some of the dark stories of convict life.

‘You don’t starve but you’re always hungry’. See how  they fare on the regulation rations.

Hard-working convicts will be rewarded with stories about thieves and tricksters and are shown how to play some convict games. Let the convict overseers show you the rules, but don’t let them cheat!

All rise at dawn and dress for the morning muster before tucking into a typical convict breakfast.

Convicts are advised that obedience, cleanliness and order are expected at all times. Behave well and they’ll receive a ticket of leave.

Evening schedule

6pm – Under lock & key

Convicts are mustered, issued with a convict shirt and given an identity.

6.30pm–7.15pm – Regulation rations

Convicts sit down for supper, the menu inspired by typical convict fare.

7.15pm–8pm – Dark deeds & misdemeanours

Experience a lantern-lit tour of the barracks.

8pm–9pm – Pastimes

Play knuckles, ‘chuck-penny’, dominoes or marbles, or create a keepsake.

8.30pm–9pm – Cleanliness & order

Prepare for bed.

9pm–9.30pm – Thieves, tricksters & swindlers

Hear stories about past convict characters.

9.30pm – Sleep, and dream of a new life

Climb into hammocks in the dormitory and then it’s ‘lights out’.

Morning schedule

6am – Rise at dawn

Be woken by the sound of the morning bell.

6.30am – All in line

Dress and get ready for the morning muster.

7am – ‘You don’t starve but you’re always hungry’

Convicts have a typical breakfast.

7.30pm – Freedom at last!

Receive a ‘Ticket of Leave' to be released from Hyde Park Barracks.


Schools in regional and rural NSW are eligible to apply. This program is open only to schools from regional and rural NSW, covering Hunter and Central Coast, Illawarra and South East, New England, North Coast, Riverina and Western NSW

The program is suitable for students in Stages 2 and 3.

Fill out my online form.

Stages 2 & 3

Register your expression of interest

Use our online application form
Enquiries: 02 8239 2306;

Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


Risk assessment: Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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