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Bradleys Head Walk

The Bradleys Head walk – either the short walk around the headland or longer on to Chowder Bay – deserves to be more popular. It’s an easy walk with unrivalled Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city views from the grassy expanse of Bradleys Head. Just a short ferry ride from the city’s business district takes […]

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Q Station Manly Quarantine Station

About Q Station Manly It’s what still attracts people here; close to the burgeoning township of Sydney yet far enough to break from city life. But from the 1830s, North Head was more than a simple respite for arriving ships. For 150 years until typhus, smallpox and scarlet fever became history, Manly Quarantine Station tended […]

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NSW Heritage Festival 2019 Sydney events

Every place has a story. It’s these stories that transform locations to a sense of place. The annual NSW Heritage Festival offers a range of history-focused events. This year, the Australian Heritage Festival will be held between 18 April and 19 May 2019. We update this page every year to bring you the latest events. Sydney […]

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cemetery tour

Cemetery Walking Tours

Cemetery walking tours give fascinating insight into the people and society that came before. Because in death, there are enduring signs of life. While Sydney may not be home to famous cemeteries like Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Paris or the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, still the old cemeteries of this relatively modern city […]

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Era cabins in Royal National Park

Royal National Park cabins: Era

There are about 200 coastal cabins still standing, with Era being the largest community of the Royal National Park cabins. Most were built in the first half of the 1900s, many during the Depression era. Unless you catch the once-a-year Royal National Park Cabins Open Day, the photos below are your only chance to see […]

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Aboriginal Canoe Tree

Not too far along the track to Figure 8 Pools is one of the best examples of an Aboriginal canoe tree we’ve seen. It’s literally right next to the track but still easy to miss because you have to know what to look for. Aboriginal Canoes To know what you’re looking for, first you need […]

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Little Garie Shack Community

Just around the headland from Garie Beach in Royal National Park, is the quirky cabin community of Little Garie. It’s one of four shack communities in the park. Built by families mainly in the first half of the 20th Century – before this area officially became part of the park – they’re a fascinating piece […]

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Jibbon Aboriginal Midden

Walk down onto the sand at the western end of Jibbon Beach, Bundeena, there’s a sign saying “Royal National Park, A Dharawal Place”. But what is a Dharawal place? Dharawal were the Aboriginal people that lived in southern Sydney. What makes here any more Dharawal than the developed suburb of Cronulla across the water? The […]

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Phil Ashley and Emma Topham with the message in a bottle at Bundeena

Message in a Bottle

It took nine months and 50km of rough ocean travelling before guests Phil and Emma found the message in a bottle. It was washed up on Bundeena’s Shelley Beach in Royal National Park during their Jibbon Aboriginal Carvings tour last week. The letter, dated June 2012, reads; Hello, My name is Lakelan and my brother’s […]

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