Sydney Heritage Tour

Over centuries Sydney has transformed itself from the site of Australia’s first colony to a thriving global city. Here students will travel back in time to the 17th & 18th centuries and discover how Australia came to be with visits to Cockatoo Island, The Rocks and Old Government House. Students will also learn in greater depth the indigenous heritage interwoven with ours during educational programs and experiences led by Aboriginal elders and custodians.

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Sydney
  • Welcome to Sydney Upon your arrival, check into your accommodation before you begin your journey to Cockatoo Island
  • Cockatoo Island The island has a fascinating history which reveals insights into the major social, political and technological progress of Australian society. It has been settled since 1839 and has been used as a convict penal settlement, a reformatory and industrial school, a prison and one of the most important maritime and industrial sites in Australia. Additionally, the Cockatoo Island Dockyard became a major contributor to the war effort. In 2000 the island was the subject of an indigenous land rights claim and in 2010 it was listed as a World Heritage Site
  • Explore Back in Sydney, there's time to explore Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House
  • The Big Dig Take part in one of The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre's educational programs and learn about the Industrial revolution leading in to WW1 affect living and working conditions for people living in The Rocks via artefact handling, family case studies and activities
Day 2 Sydney
  • The Rocks During a 1.5 hour walking tour you will discuss accounts of past times expressed through events and the interpretation of significant sites, observe and analyse the heritage of Sydney’s past and its present day and identify the stories and events that relate to the interaction between the people that lived here in this unique built environment
  • Discovery Museum Take a self-guided tour of The Rocks Discovery Museum which tells the story of The Rocks area of Sydney from pre-European days to the present. Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, the museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks as well as fun, interactive audio-visual exhibits for everyone to enjoy
  • Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout Walk up 200 stairs for great view of the city the harbour and the world famous icon; the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Learn the history behind the building of the bridge and its significance to Sydney
  • Australian National Maritime Museum Students will investigate immigration history and a specific voyage of the migrant boat, the Orcades, using objects from the 1950s. This interactive workshop encourages students to empathise with migrants of the 1950s, including child migrants, and to understand why migration occurred. As part of the workshop students also investigate the Japanese war brides exhibit and draw conclusions about the difficulties faced by those women coming to Australia and compare them to migrant groups today
  • Afternoon activities Afterwards there's time to explore the Darling Harbour Project
Day 3 Sydney - Blue Mountains
  • On the move Board your coach and make your way to the famous Blue Mountains in NSW
  • Waradah Aboriginal Centre At the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, students will take part in a 2 hour educational program led by an Indigenous educator. Afterwards there is face painting and a Waradah dance troup entertainment. Students can also meet and talk to Aboriginal custodians
  • Scenic World At Scenic World students will enjoy a one way trip on the Scenic Cableway, which takes them on a 545 metre ride into the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Jamison Valley. Once at the bottom, they'll experience the 300m scenic walkway on the way to the base of the Scenic Railway. The railway is the steepest incline railway in the world!
  • Afterwards students will take a one way trip on the Scenic Skyway, where they're suspended 270 metres above ancient ravines; the Skyway provides a unique thrill as breathtaking views are revealed beneath your feet through the electro-glass cabin floor
Day 4 Sydney
  • Parramatta Female Factory During a 2-hour guided tour, students learn about the women who lived in the place which is the earliest surviving convict women’s site in Australia
  • Old Government House For seven decades, the convict built Old Government House was the ‘country’ residence of ten early governors of the Colony. During a 1.5 hour educational program - students will explore the nation’s premier early colonial furniture collection and learn about the social history surrounding the other occupants and uses of the house
  • Manly Explore this little eclectic seaside town, do a spot of shopping, relax or have a swim at the beach
  • Quarantine Station Ghost Tour Used as a Quarantine Station between 1833 & 1984 over 500 people died from deadly diseases such as Bubonic Plague, Spanish Influenza, Smallpox & Typhus. Even during its operation, stories of ghosts & paranormal occurrences at the Quarantine Station have been reported. Learn of the many stories of the occupants here and gain a spooky insight into their lives whilst staying at Quarantine Station!
Day 5 Sydney
  • Walangari Aboriginal Experience Enjoy an authentic aboriginal cultural experience with an Aboriginal elder, teacher and artist and performer on this unique Walking Tour. You will see some ancient Aboriginal rock carvings and traditional Aboriginal bush foods and medicines. Hear about the history of Bondi, from its pre-historical geological formation and how the Aboriginal people used its bountiful resources, to its place today as one of the world’s most iconic beaches. Tour will finish at the beautiful Bondi Pavilion with a didgeridoo performance
  • Bondi There's time afterwards to explore & shop in Bondi before making your way to the airport to begin your journey home

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