Carrington Heritage Walk

Join guides Liza Moss and Paul Cooke on a unique walk around the inner Newcastle suburb of historic Carrington.

Locals may know Carrington as “Carradise”, but the Carrington of the 19th Century was a much saltier place with a multitude of pubs serving sailors from around the world. Drainage problems bedevilled efforts to establish a township and the name of “Carrington” in honour of the state governor was only adopted in the 1880s after a series of other names.

This walk will look at Carrington’s industrial past and civic development, as well as some episodes of notoriety.

The original Aboriginal name for this area was Onebygamba, meaning ‘a large island’. Colonel Paterson led a colonial expedition into the Hunter region in 1801, and renamed it Chapman Island, later it became known as Bullock Island, but Onebygamba was used for the Post Office and Public school. The name Carrington came with incorporation in 1887.

The area serviced maritime industries such as making pumps for ships, the Dyke was constructed using emptied ballast from cargo and the sailors who arrived in Newcastle were served by the many pubs.

Housing varies from substantial brick dwellings built for prominent citizens to small timber workers’ cottages.

This guided walking tour will delve into the remnants of Carrington’s early industrial past including the impressive Carrington Pump House as well as civic buildings such as the former Carrington Council Chambers, and domestic architecture. News making events will also be covered: accidents and crimes as well as occasions of civic pride.


Photo: Carrington Pump House, Liza Moss


Tour details

This tour runs from 2pm – 4:30pm on Saturday 6 July.

Note: Care to be taken during this walking tour. Uneven street walking is involved.


How to book your tickets

Tickets: National Trust members $18, adults $20, concession $18 + booking fee.

This event is sold out. Click here to add your name to the waiting list. A second tour will be scheduled for late 2024.

All proceeds go to the ongoing maintenance of the 1870s Grossmann and Brough Houses.


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Tour Information

Carrington Heritage Walk


Meet at: Carrington Pump House, 106 Bourke Street, Carrington 2294

(02) 4934 8837