About Convict Sleepover

The Unlocking Heritage Convict Sleepover is no longer available; however we haven’t given up yet. 

We are still working towards accessing more funding to keep this unique experience happening so that more primary students from NSW rural and regional schools have the opportunity to visit Sydney, and follow in the footsteps of the convicts who stayed at Hyde Park Barracks almost 200 years ago.

Since the first Convict Sleepover in September 2015, 3,000 primary students and their teachers from 100 NSW rural and regional schools slept over at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Thank you to our amazing ‘convict overseers’ who led the lantern lit tours, played games and took their convicts on a magical journey into the past.

Thank you to all the teachers, parents and staff who gave up a night of sleep to give their students this amazing experience.

Corporate sponsorship

Want to know more?

We have planned a special Fundraising Evening for the Unlocking Heritage Convict Sleepover program at Hyde Park Barracks on the 14th November so you can have your own convict adventure with your children to get into the spirit of the experience that you will be giving. 

Contact Jacky Dalton on 8239 2306 for more information and to receive your invitation. Numbers are limited


It was a wonderful opportunity and experience for children from regional and rural areas to experience a high quality program. These students often miss out due to the expense of visiting the city and all it has to offer educationally and culturally.