Near Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains

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.

Crossing the Blue Mountains - One Day 9.30am - 4.30pm

In Crossing the Blue Mountains:
we look at the heritage of this once impenetrable mountain range and explore our own crossing of it with an appreciation of history by foot and local transport. Ideal for people wanting to know more about Sydney’s most popular mountain region and walks to explore in the Blue Mountains.
The Amazing Route over the Blue Mountains
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Course Information

Crossing the Blue Mountains Full Day Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: Saturday 15 September
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • EARLY ATTEMPTS.
  • EMU FORD TO SPRINGWOOD.
  • Early history of European mountain exploration..
  • Reasons for exploration.
  • WALK 1: RED HANDS CAVE.
  • SESSION 2.
  • THE CELEBRATED CROSSING.
  • SPRINGWOOD TO KATOOMBA.
  • Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson.
  • Aboriginal heritage and walks.
  • WALK 2: DARWIN’S WALK.
  • SESSION 3.
  • THE ROAD ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS.
  • KATOOMBA TO COX’S PASS.
  • Governor Macquarie’s 1815 crossing.
  • Monuments.
  • WALK 3: KATOOMBA, FEDERAL PASS.
  • Session 4.
  • TO THE WESTERN MILITARY DEPOT.
  • AT BATHURST.
  • Cox’s Pass, Inns of Little Hartley, Hartley, Bathurst.
  • Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson – later years.
  • Vaucluse House, Sydney University.
  • Organisations to join.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • 1. Know of the four suggested Blue Mountain Walks.
  • 2. Understand the reasons for the delay in crossing the mountains by the colonists.
  • 3. Find your way along Cox's Road and enjoy its history.