Tracking Eric & Eleanor Dark: An Extraordinary Walk

An illustrated talk by Dr Margo Beasley

In 1940 Dr Eric Dark, well-known Blue Mountains medico and rock climber, led a small group on a cross country walk from the Nepean River to Mt Hay near Leura. The group included Dark’s wife, distinguished novelist Eleanor Dark. This feat was first imagined by Europeans in 1789 when Governor Phillip sent out a party which returned five days later, defeated by the rugged topography.

The Dark party completed the task in two and half days in bush as virgin as 150 years earlier. This illustrated talk will discuss this remarkable walk, contextualising it with details of Eric Dark’s life, Eleanor Dark’s fiction and changing European perceptions of Blue Mountains terrain.

Dr Margo Beasley is an historian and writer.

Tickets available at the door:

  • Adults – $10
  • Seniors/ students (5–15 years) – $8
  • Family(2 adults, 2 children) – $25
  • Children under 5 years – FREE

Your ticket includes Woodford Museum entry, talk and guided museum tour



90-92 Great Western Highway
(parking available in Vale Rd)
Woodford 2778 NSW


Our usual hours are: 10am-4pm every third Saturday of the month or by appointment for groups of 10 persons or more (Subject to availability). Note: Open on the second (not third) Saturday in July 2019 only.


For the months of December 2019 and January 2020

(02) 4758 8743
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Entry Fees:
  • Adults - $10
  • Seniors/ Students (5-15yrs) -$8
  • Family (2 adults + accompanying children ) - $25
  • Child under 5 FREE

Optional Guided Tour included with Museum entry (subject to availability).

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