Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - WHAT'S ON -

PACK your bags and hit the road to en­joy his­tory, her­itage and heaps of fun as part of the High­way 31 Her­itage Run. The Na­tional Trust NSW event of­fers rare public ac­cess to five sig­nif­i­cant her­itage prop­er­ties along the Old Hume High­way in re­gional NSW — a route that played a key role in the de­vel­op­ment of the state. Prop­er­ties on show will in­clude James Fairfax’s iconic Ret­ford Park es­tate in Bowral, Old Gov­ern­ment House in Par­ra­matta, Harper’s Man­sion in Ber­rima, Rivers­dale in Goul­burn, and Cooma Cot­tage in Yass. Start­ing at Old Gov­ern­ment House in Par­ra­matta, the Her­itage Run trav­els via Liver­pool, Narel­lan, Bargo and Mit­tagong to Bowral, where morn­ing tea will be served at Ret­ford Park. Harper’s Man­sion, a grand vi­sion that was de­railed by a 19th­cen­tury fi­nan­cial down­turn, will also open its doors for a guided tour, as will Rivers­dale, in Goul­burn, where par­tic­i­pants will be wel­comed with lunch and a tour of the prop­erty, which once housed inns and schools. The event will con­clude in Yass at Banjo Pater­son Park, where there will be a vin­tage car show, fol­lowed by a gala din­ner and rock ‘n’ roll-themed dance. The next day, break­fast will be served at the His­toric Yass Rail­way Mu­seum, fol­lowed by a day of free, fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties around Cooma Cot­tage in­clud­ing vin­tage trac­tor pulls, an­tique farm ma­chin­ery, horse dis­plays, mu­sic and food.

Satur­day, Novem­ber 5, and Sun­day, Novem­ber 6. Tick­ets from $50. De­tails: na­tion­al­

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