A His­tory & Her­itage Cen­tral Coast Bris­bane Wa­ters River Ferry Tour

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

The Dharug and Lower Hawkes­bury His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety would like to ex­tend the in­vi­ta­tion to the gen­eral pub­lic to at­tend an ex­cit­ing day on–board the ferry ‘Sor­rento’ on Sun­day, 25th Fe­bru­ary 2018 to ex­plore the his­toric and sig­nif­i­cant wa­ter­ways of Bris­bane Wa­ters which were once high­ways.

On-board the ‘Sor­rento’ a large A/V screen will dis­play Award Win­ning spe­cially pre­pared graph­ics, his­toric and on­site photograph­s, plus videos of work­ing mod­els and an­i­ma­tions dis­pa­lyed through­out the ferry tour with live com­men­tary. Peter Rae noted his­to­rian of the Hawkes­bury area will pro­vide the com­men­tary.

This ferry tour will cover ar­eas such Woy Woy, Black­wall, Bro­ken Bay, Umina, Et­ta­long, Em­pire bay, Dav­is­town, Saratoga, East Gos­ford, Gos­ford West, Point Clare, Tas­cott & Koole­wong high­light­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the set­tle­ments in this area.

Points of in­ter­est such as the Mait­land Ship­wreck, the Woy Woy tun­nel which is the longest in Aus­tralia. Gov­er­nor Phillip ar­rived here only weeks af­ter es­tab­lish­ing a colony in Sydney. We will learn how im­por­tant these wa­ter­ways were dur­ing early set­tle­ment, whereby there were over 500 reg­is­tered wooden ves­sels built and the im­pact they had on es­tab­lish­ing var­i­ous in­dus­tries such as trad­ing tim­ber etc.

The ferry de­parts at Woy Woy Wharf at 9.35am and re­turns at around 12.30 -12.45pm. Morn­ing tea is in­cluded and will be served on board. Bot­tled wa­ter will be avail­able on board for pur­chase. Lunch can be pur­chased at a num­ber of venues at Woy Woy or al­ter­na­tively you can bring your lunch with you.

Cost: Adults $35; Con­ces­sion $30; Chil­dren $20. All wel­come. Bookings es­sen­tial: en­quiries@dl­hhs.org.au or 0405 321 478 (leave a mes­sage) by Tues­day, 20th Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Come and re-dis­cover the his­tor­i­cal and sig­nif­i­cant Bris­bane Wa­ters and the im­pact this area has had on our her­itage and early de­vel­op­ment.

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