Centre for Continuing Education

Walking Colonial Sydney Course

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Explore Sydney’s colonial heritage. In this series of four sessions we explore fascinating aspects of Sydney’s colonial history on foot. Colonial sites include, The Rocks, Macquarie Street, the Botanic Gardens and the historic South Head peninsula. We’ll conclude with a group luncheon at the Vaucluse Tea Rooms. The walks are around two and a half hours' duration but are not demanding.

Course Content


  • Logistics, preparation, travel gear
  • Planning the walk – distances, times
  • Participants briefly share their experiences of walking around Sydney
  • Background history of Sydney

Meet at the Centre for Continuing Education, 160 Missenden Rd, Newtown at 9.30am (first meeting only)

Walk 1: Sydney Heritage

  • Sydney as a Colonial international port
  • Sydney as the city of sin

Meet at the Town Hall Steps at 9.30am

Walk 2: Sydney Green

  • Macquarie’s influence on Sydney
  • Aboriginal aspects
  • Monuments

Meet at the Town Hall Steps at 9.30am

Walk 3: Historic South Head Peninsula

  • The Harbour, Watson’s Bay and Vaucluse House (with a group lunch to complete the course)

Meet at Circular Quay (exact location TBA in class)


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