Arriving at Hartley, west of the Blue Mountains

National Trust 2013 Lecture Series

A Great Colonial Undertaking:
Macquarie's Road to Bathurst


Since the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, Europeans had wanted to cross the distant blue barrier presented by the mountains. From a distance the mountains looked as if they could easily be crossed, typified by Governor Phillip’s intention, “to shortly explore their summits.” But the Europeans found them to be a region of plateaus, deeply gouged by water into a maze of daunting gorges.

In 1813, Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth found a way across the mountains. Later that year George Evans surveyed their route and continued to the west to find a suitable site for the western military depot. In 1814 William Cox cut a road from Emu Plains to the site of Bathurst (161 km) in 6 months. In 1815 Governor Macquarie travelled to the western military depot of Bathurst. In this tour we retrace his and Mrs. Macquarie's journey.

Lecture Details

Journeying the historic route over the Blue Mountains as part of Macquarie's entourage

The Road to Bathurst
DATE: SATURDAY JUNE 15 10.30 am - 11.30 am


TICKETS National Trust Members $10.00 Non-Members $15.00
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National Trust 2013 lecture Series

Exploring the Historic Crossing of the Blue Mountains

  • Time and Date: 10.30 - 11.30 am Saturday June 15
  • Venue: Northcott Centre - 1 Fennell St North Parramatta
  • Costs (inc gst): National Trust Members $10.00, Non-Members $15.00
  • Ticket Sales/ Enquires: 02 9635 8149
  • Crossing the Blue Mountains lecture: Saturday 15 June 10.30 am - 11.30am
    Our Take:
    This lecture gives you a fascinating insight into the historic crossing of the Blue Mountains and of Govenor Macquarie's first official journey over the mountains to found the settlement of Bathurst.