Educational Travel Adventures - Courses

The aim of Good Walking Books is to reach those budding travellers who need a little inspiration to get themselves on their way and help make it happen.
- Australian Publishers and Authors' Bookshow, Sydney, 2004

Travel, History & Self-Publishing Courses in 2018

January

No Courses are Currently Listed.

February

Who was Shakespeare?

Saturday 10 February 9.30am - 4.30pm Some of us may have come to Shakespeare just recently. Still, it’s never too late to look at what is so special about him, by embarking on a wonderful journey from Stratford-upon-Avon to London to explore this man and his times.

Kathmandu to London

Friday 16 February 6.00-8.30pm This was one of the great overland journeys for under 35s - travelling in converted regional English double decker buses. A "once in a lifetime adventure. We travelled in 1985 in a convoy of two buses - Snot and Boogie. In those early days you could travel with Top Deck all the way from Sydney to London. Times change, and now the longest trip is London to Istanbul, still a mighty endeavour. The spirit of travel lives on!

Classic Journeys: America's National Parks

Saturday 17 February 9.30am - 4.30pm Join us on a 5000 mile journey through the American West, a region unique with plant and animal life, geographic wonders, human history and settlements. We visit fifteen national and state parks which protect and honour the landscape, and learn about some of the fascinating indigenous and European discovery. We will cast aside the West of Hollywood stereotype and visit these fascinating and accessible areas through the eyes of an Australian travelling through America. During the course, we will see bears, elk, squirrels, huge landscapes and waterfalls, ‘Old Faithful’ in Yellowstone, as well as two gold mining towns.

March

Mysterious and Enchanting China

Saturday 10 March 9.30am - 4.30pm China and the mysterious Far East. The “far shores of Cathay” have fascinated the West for centuries. With a culture dating back five thousand years and a population of 1.3 billion people, China is increasingly making its presence felt in our daily lives. It is now a popular destination for travelers. In this course we will look at the historical, philosophical and practical factors that have shaped the world’s largest nation. We will embark upon four China Journeys which will give a feel for what it is like to travel in China today.

April

Successful Self-Publishing: What you need to know

Saturday 14 April and Saturday 21 April 9.30am - 4.30pm If you have ever wanted to write and publish your own book or e-book but have been reluctant or unsure about how to start, this course will help you towards achieving the satisfaction of becoming a newly self-published author.

May

Classic Journeys: Scotland.

Saturday 13 May 9.30 - 4.30pm Popularly known for being home to Haggis-eating, Bagpipe-playing, Kilt-wearing and Whisky-drinking folk, Scotland is this and much more. Her islands and highlands have been staging grounds for her adventurous and challenging history. Our journey takes us to remote islands, ancient castles and forts. We will explore Neolithic sites, taste Haggis, hear the skirl of bagpipes, and visit sites of historic significance.

Medieval French Pilgrimage Paths

Saturday 20 May 9.30am - 4.30pm We look at an increasingly popular walking journey across France to the tomb of St. James. Through out history, from all over Europe, pilgrims have walked to the saint’s tomb at Santiago de Compostela, passing by and stopping at other shrines along the way. Due to its size and common borders with so many other countries, France was the ideal place for pilgrims to gather for the long journey to Santiago. The French cities that provided these pilgrim gathering sites were Paris, Le Puy-en-Velay, Vezelay and Arles. Pilgrims would then follow well established pathways and roads towards the Spanish border.

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The Camino

Saturday 27 May 9.30am - 4.30pm An increasingly popular walking journey across northern Spain to the tomb of St. James. Our day includes a walk to and a tour of St. James Church in Sydney. Come and see what your own Camino journey will be like.

June

The Templars.

Friday 16 May 6.00 - 8.30pm OKnown as the Knights Templar, or simply as Templars, they were among the wealthiest and most powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were prominent in Christian finance. The organisation existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages: 1118 - 1314. We look at the origins of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and theTemplars, the importance of pilgrims in the Holy Land and the effects of the Crusades. We look at how the area once known as Outremer became the battle ground between Christian and Muslim armies.

Classic Journeys: America's National Parks

Saturday 17 June 9.30am - 4.30pm Join us on a 5000 mile journey through the American West, a region unique with plant and animal life, geographic wonders, human history and settlements. We visit fifteen national and state parks which protect and honour the landscape, and learn about some of the fascinating indigenous and European discovery. We will cast aside the West of Hollywood stereotype and visit these fascinating and accessible areas through the eyes of an Australian travelling through America. During the course, we will see bears, elk, squirrels, huge landscapes and waterfalls, ‘Old Faithful’ in Yellowstone, as well as two gold mining towns.

July

Walking Colonial Sydney

4 Saturdays 8, 15, 22 & 29 July June 9.30am - 1.30pm It all began in colonial Sydney. Cutlasses, pistols, hangings and floggings. The slapping of ships’ halyards in Sydney Cove. Narrow, cobbled, dirty roads. Soldiers, traders, sailors and settlers. Rum shops, greasy steak houses and mean hovels. From this early nineteenth century melee, Lachlan Macquarie began to mould and develop a social and civil infrastructure from the shabby one that existed in the penal colony into a future nation that we now know as Australia. In this series of four sessions we explore fascinating aspects of Sydney’s colonial history on foot. Colonial sites include, The Rocks, Macquarie Street, the Botanic Gardens and the historic South Head peninsula. We’ll conclude with a group luncheon at the Vaucluse Tea Rooms. The walks are around two and a half hours' duration but are not demanding.

August

Classic Journeys: Alice Springs to Darwin - Tanami, Kimberley & Kakadu

Saturday 12 August 9.30-4.30pm The amazing Tanami desert, Broome, The Kimberley - we visit Australia's Iconic Outback. be ready for camping, luxury resorts, Aboriginal art, and crocodiles!

September

No Courses are Currently Listed.

October

Pilgrim's Rome

Friday 20 October 6pm - 8.30pm What's it like to be a Pilgrim to Rome Today, and why did medieval pilgrims journey to the Eternal City?

Classic Journeys: Van Diemen's Land.

Saturday 14 October 9.30am - 4.30pm We embark on a historic journey to visit Van Diemen's Land with Governor Macquarie's entourage. Colonial Tasmania was once known as Van Diemen’s Land. For some, the life was good, for others not so. Yet communities survived and later prospered. Lachlan Macquarie, governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821 visited his small island colony twice, travelling the route between Launceston and Hobart, naming most of the places along the way. We explore the early history of the colony and join the Governor as he journeys across this most distant outpost of the British Empire. We then travel across Van Diemen’s Land to visit the rugged west coast and Macquarie Harbour before completing our journey in modern-day Hobart.

November

No Courses are Currently Listed.

December

No Courses are Currently Listed.

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Courses to inspire, motivate and prepare you ......

for the adventures and journeys of your lifetime. If not now, when? Our courses are a great opportunity to sample these classic walks and journeys, because we've done them and are making these experiences available to you. Courses include:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Gear Demonstrations.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
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