Enjoy an unforgettable 6 hours on the water exploring the hidden places and forgotten voices of the Secret River. Cruise the Hawkesbury River upstream for history onboard with Grace Karskens. Join two walking tours with expert guides and readers sharing Lower Hawkesbury stories before stopping for lunch at historical house.
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Voices from the Secret River: Cruising Downstream
An unmissable 6 hour experience cruising Dyarrubin ‘the mighty Hawkesbury’ with historical tours at two island locations. Downstream, experts provide insights on the deep history of sandstone country and Australian indigenous astronomy. Enjoy lunch at a private historic house on the sparkling waterfront.
Voices from the Secret River: Cruising Upstream and Downstream
All day historical immersion cruising Dyarubbin with historians, geologist and storytellers evoking the magic of the Secret River - with Grace Karskens, Gil Jones and the Indigenous Astronomy Group. Visiting hidden locations and water only access islands for short walking tours. Lunch on waterfront.
Butcher Boats and Colonial Rations
Explore the story of food on the banks of the Hawkesbury River with Max Burns-McRuvie. Native tea tasting and stories of the colonial menu; walk alongside heritage remains of Gov. Darling’s great routes from Sydney to the Hunter; visit Mill Creek tidal mill site, and Trollops reach.
Convict History of Wisemans Ferry
Join a National Parks and Wildlife Service Volunteer Guide and step back in time to learn about the adventure, suffering, achievements and humour of the convicts of early 19th century New South Wales.
West Head World War II Gun Emplacements
Be prepared to be amazed on this tour. The walk starts at arguably the most stunning lookout in Sydney where you will see views of Barrenjoey Headland, Pittwater, Broken Bay and beyond into the Tasman Sea.
Have Coffee with an Author
Come to an Asquith coffee shop and have a coffee with the author of 'A History of Asquith NSW', discover the history of this re-birthed suburb. Bring your copies for signing or purchase one of the last remaining copies of this two volume 530 page limited print run.
EBENEZER CHURCH HERITAGE DAY
This is a day when you can learn more about the fascinating story of Australia’s oldest church - Ebenezer Church. You will hear about the people who built the church, pioneers such as Andrew Johnston, the architect and builder of the church, John Grono who was a ship-builder and sea captain and more!
Your Stories Our History
Tell us your story so we can add it to our history collection. Listen to some of the stories we have already collected, look at the displays in our museum featuring some of our collections, meet like minded people.
Yarramalong Heritage Multi Arts Expo
Yarramalong's natural, cultural and indigenous shared stories will be stunningly reflected through artwork, music and indigenous activities presented against our historic backdrop of 1890's sandstone buildings at Yarramalong Old School among the stately trees in beautiful Yarramalong Valley.
Browns Field Walk, Wahroonga
Visitors will be taken on a guided geological walk around Browns Field that explains how it sits over a diatreme.
Sheldon Forest Walk, Turramurra
Visitors will go on a gentle guided walk through Sheldon Forest and hear from a geological point of view why this Sydney forest is so environmentally sensitive and such a ‘national treasure’.
Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival
Ku-ring-gai Council presents a program of events for the Australian Heritage Festival which explores the rich history of the Ku-ring-gai and celebrates our Indigenous, natural, built and cultural heritage.
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.
Eryldene Historic Garden Tour
Discover one of the hidden gems of Sydney’s North Shore. Eryldene is the former home of linguist & camellia expert, Professor E.G. Waterhouse & his family. The house was built & its garden created in the early 20th Century & here you will find one of Australia's most important camellia collections.
West Pymble Bicentennial Park Walk
Visitors will see the remains of an old, abandoned quarry and hear a geologist's explanation of the basalt dyke formation.
Shared Stories of the Australiana Pioneer Village
The Australiana Pioneer Village offers a unique look at lifestyle back in the 1800s, share our stories on the families that lived the cottages, participate in our demonstrations highlighting how our ancestors lived in this period of our history.
Biodiversity + Geodiversity + Cultural heritage = Ku-ring-gai GeoRegion Talk & Luncheon
Visitors are invited to attend a talk and presentation that explains the geological history of Ku-ring-gai. Learn about Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment's (FOKE) Ku-ring-gai GeoRegion project.
Tom Sweeney Guided History Tour
Is history part of your DNA? Join a unique history tour of Macquarie Park Cemetery and enjoy refreshments in the onsite café.
Lost and Lasting Schools of the Willoughby District
Since the first school in the Willoughby District commenced in 1840 there have been over 165 schools that have come. stayed or been lost. These schools have occupied 88 properties. Today, only 25 schools remain.
Bella Vista Farm Stories
Bella Vista Farm is a special place. The Farm sits as an entire farm complex on a hill top with sweeping 360 degree views. With its rich history, the stories of the people who lived and worked here are a reflection of the history and development of New South Wales.