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Course - Exploring the Colonial Coast

S ydney’s coastal settlements are ideal places for exploring our colonial heritage. In this series of four sessions we will look at Sydney’s colonial history and explore the same on foot. Colonial sites at Newcastle, La Perouse and the shores of the Parramatta River include some superb examples of our heritage. The first meeting will be class-room based, and the following sessions will begin at Central Railway Station, Martin Place and North Sydney.

EXPLORING Colonial Newcastle, La Perouse & Lower North Shore - 4 x Sessions 9.30am - 1.30pm

In Exploring the Colonial Coast:
We take a walking journey through some of the colony’s earliest settlements to explore their heritage areas. This course is for people who enjoy exploring history by walking through it. The course is also suitable for those who are new to walking. The walks are around three to four hours’ duration but are not demanding.
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Course Information

Exploring the Colonial Coast 4 sessions Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Three Excursions.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: TBA
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • INTRODUCTION.
  • Important background history of Sydney and Macquarie.
  • Logistics.
  • Preparation, travel gear.
  • SESSION 2.
  • WALK 1: NEWCASTLE.
  • We travel by train to visit Coal River, the site for a secondary penal settlement.
  • Nobby’s, Christchurch Cathedral.
  • Lumber Yard, Bogey Hole, Obelisk.
  • SESSION 3.
  • WALK 2: LA PEROUSE.
  • The Cradle of European settlement in Australia.
  • Cape banks, Henry Head.
  • La Perouse, Museum.
  • Macquarie Watchtower.
  • Session 4.
  • WALK 3: LOWER NORTH SHORE.
  • We visit the mysterious other shore.
  • Berry Island.
  • Aboriginal Heritage.
  • Balls Head, Lavender Bay.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • 1. Know of Lachlan Macquarie’s influence on colonial New South Wales and his contribution to contemporary Australia.
  • 2. Be more confident of pursuing your own explorations of historic Sydney.
  • 3. Know where to take visitors who are interested in Sydney’s history.

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