In the Footsteps of Governor Phillip
The Middle Harbour Creek catchment is only 12 kms from the Sydney CBD and yet in places resembles a wilderness area. In April 1788, it was one of the first areas explored by Governor Arthur Phillip and his party in search of land suitable for agriculture to feed the First Fleet colony.
The party was dropped off in Manly Cove and trekked across difficult terrain through today’s Manly Dam and Frenchs Forest areas to Middle Harbour Creek. Their navigation skills were remarkable as was their ability to cope with the thick bush and unfamiliar sounds of Australian native wildlife. Join a National Parks and Wildlife Service Volunteer Guide and hear stories about the trials of his party, their views of the strange sights and sounds of the Australian bush, their navigation prowess and the results of their exploration. This walk follows part of the original route and has some beautiful views as well as delightful wildflowers on show.