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Stories from the Secret River: River Cruise and Symposium

Journey into the waterways of Dyarubbin with historians, writers and storytellers for a morning river cruise exploring the secret histories of the Lower Hawkesbury. Our exploration continues with an afternoon symposium investigating rock engravings, sky connections and the archaeology of Mangrove.

River Cruise : Hidden Histories on board | Indigenous Writing | Storytelling with Symposium: Rock Art | Archaeology of Mangrove | Aboriginal Astronomy
and Lunch at the Thai Garden

Be taken back in time into Dyarrubin history on a cruise with a difference. Hear the lesser known histories of the lower Hawkesbury River evoked through historical fiction, indigenous writing, and storytelling . Step ashore at Gentlemans Halt for a special evocation of place.

Afternoon Symposium on rock art, archaeology and indigenous astronomy with local experts, researchers and astrophysicist. Rock, Stone and Sky bring in individual and overlapping fields of enquiry – from rock art mapping to archaeological fieldwork in the Mangrove Creek Valley, and tracing the pathways of the celestial emu.

In Spencer village enjoy a light lunch specially prepared by the chef of Spencer Thai Mr One. Authentic Thai finger food and noodles in the Thai garden at a charming local eatery.

Event date

Event Details

4685 Wisemans Ferry Road, Spencer, New South Wales

For National Trust Members: At the ticketing check out enter promo code NTMember for 5% discount


Sunday 28 April 9am - 4pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 234, Members $ 222
Prebooking requiredhttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/voices-from-the-secret-river-river-cruise-and-symposium-tickets-8530102957570447545271
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Parking is available in front of the Hawkesbury Duck in Spencer. Access on and off the boat is not accessible for wheelchairs. We will be visiting wharves and sites with rough ground and uneven surfaces a moderate level of fitness is required for access to these sites.