Centre for Continuing Education

Classic Journeys: Crossing the Blue Mountains

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The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. Learn about history the smart way with History courses at the University of Sydney.

Many people who travel to or across the Blue Mountains would like to know more about the history and development of the region and its settlements. After this course participants will be able to visit Blue Mountains sites with a greater depth of historical understanding.

Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop an interesting Blue Mountains itinerary.
  2. Cover a number of walks in the Blue Mountains.
  3. Follow in the footsteps of historical figures across the mountains.
  4. Have a greater understanding of our indigenous past .

Content

This course covers the following topics:

EARLY ATTEMPTS

  • EMU FORD TO SPRINGWOOD
  • Participants briefly share their experiences in the Blue Mountains.
  • Early history of European mountain exploration.
  • Reasons for exploration.
  • Walk 1: RED HANDS CAVE.

THE CELEBRATED CROSSING

  • SPRINGWOOD TO KATOOMBA.
  • Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson.
  • Aboriginal heritage and walks.
  • Planning the walk – distances, times.
  • Walk 2: DARWIN’S WALK.

THE ROAD ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS

  • KATOOMBA TO COX’S PASS.
  • Governor Macquarie’s 1815 crossing.
  • Aboriginal walks.
  • Monuments
  • Walk 3: KATOOMBA, FEDERAL PASS.

TO THE WESTERN MILITARY DEPOT

  • TO BATHURST
  • Cox’s Pass, Inns of Little Hartley, Hartley, Bathurst.
  • Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson – later years.
  • Vaucluse House, Sydney University.
  • Organisations to join.
  • Independent or guided walks.
  • Walk 4: COX’S PASS.

Intended Audience

This history course is suitable for personal interest adult learners, university students and active retirees who are planning to visit Blue Mountains, or those who have a general interest in Blue Mountains.

Delivery Style

The course is structured using a mixture of visual powerpoint presentations, readings by participants, discussion and a class quiz to assist with personal retention of the course material.

Recommended Reading

  • Fourteen Journeys over the Blue Mountains (1813-1815), George Mackaness, Review Publications Dubbo, 1978.
  • Macquarie’s Kingdom, Almis Simankevicius, Good Walking Books, 2004.
  • Bushwalking through History, Greg Powell, The Blue Mountains Macstyle, 1989.
  • Crossing the Blue Mountains, David Foster & Michael Duffy, Duffy & Snellgrove, 1997.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion