Shark Point on the South Head Trail

Sydney’s historic harbour offers us great opportunities for exploring our colonial heritage. In this series of four sessions we will look at Lachlan Macquarie’s influence on Sydney’s colonial history and explore the same on foot. Colonial sites on the South Head Peninsula, Manly’s North Head and historic North Sydney include some superb examples of our heritage. The first meeting will be class-room based, and the following sessions will begin at Circular Quay, and North Sydney railway station.

EXPLORING Historic Sydney Harbour - 4 x Sessions 9.30am - 1.30pm

In Exploring our Historic Harbour:
we explore the transformation of the harbour settlements. 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 our Historic Harbour Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: TBA
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • INTRODUCTION.
  • Important background history of Sydney, Phillip and Macquarie.
  • Logistics.
  • Preparation, travel gear.
  • Planning the walk – distances, times.
  • SESSION 2.
  • WALK 1: HISTORIC SOUTH HEAD PENINSULA .
  • Important background history of Sydney and Macquarie.
  • Whalers, Bankers, Rich and Poor.
  • Vaucluse House, Mausoleum, Parsley Bay.
  • Hornby Lighthouse, Watson’s Bay.
  • SESSION 3.
  • WALK 2: MANLY’S NORTH HEAD.
  • We travel by ferry to visit the mysterious North Head.
  • Manly Cove.
  • Fairfax Walk North Head.
  • Hanging Lake, North Head Visitor Centre.
  • SESSION 4.
  • WALK 3: NORTH SYDNEY.
  • Just across from the CBD lies a fascinating area.
  • Milson’s point, Kirribilli.
  • St. Mary Mckillop.
  • Old North Sydney.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • 1. Locate a number of historic sites on the harbour.
  • 2. Know some of the events which took place in colonial times.
  • 3. Know where to take visitors who are interested in Sydney’s history.