Heriateg Week: Discover Our Convict Past, Explore A Heritage Island Or Love A Lighthouse

Heritage Minister Robyn Parker said NSW can look forward to a huge program of “Heritage Week” events from tomorrow (Saturday, 13 April – Sunday, 21 April), including discovering our convict past, enjoying Sydney coast walks or visiting historic sites like the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

 Ms Parker said Heritage Week this year is being celebrated during the school holidays, making it the perfect time for families to experience the places and stories that make NSW unique.

 “Our state’s heritage is amazingly diverse and includes buildings, objects, monuments, Aboriginal places, gardens, bridges, archaeological sites, relics, shipwrecks and industrial structures,” Ms Parker said.

 “From tomorrow until Sunday 21 April, special heritage events will be held in towns and communities throughout NSW – from lessons in 19th century etiquette, special Tank Stream tours to guided tours of Sydney Harbour’s historic islands.”

 Events include a Special 125th Anniversary Walk through Centennial Park on Saturday, 20 April, where visitors can hear all about the parklands’ rich history and how it came to be a special rest and recreation place for Sydneysiders.

 The Sydney Living Museums Heritage Week program is hosting programs and events in a number of its historic properties, including the exhibition – A convict in the familyat The Museum of Sydney tomorrow and Sunday (13 and 14 April).

 Meanwhile, Port Macquarie-Hastings is celebrating the opening of its annual Heritage Festival with an open day at Roto House, Macquarie Nature Reserve on Saturday, 20 April.

 Roto House, which is managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), is one of the very few remaining 19th century buildings in Port Macquarie and was the home of land surveyor John Flynn and his family.

 Many of the family’s belongings, papers and photographs are preserved and displayed at Roto House, providing an interesting account of the life of a local family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 A number of National Parks Discovery tours with a heritage flavour are also available including: 

  • Convicts, castles and champagne tour, Goat Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Experience Sydney’s colourful convict history by taking in the glorious sights of the harbour aboard the restored 1920s ferry MV Mulgi. Available every day, call Unique Sydney Tours and Cruises on1300 266 842 for more information.
  • Sydney Coast Walks, Jibbon Aboriginal guided walk, Royal National Park. Expertly guided, this half day Aboriginal tour is a great way to learn about Sydney’s first inhabitants while enjoying spectacular coastal scenery. Available most days, phone Sydney Coast Walks on (02) 8521 7423.
  • Historic Lighthouse Tour, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Take a step back in time and discover what the daily duties of the lighthouse keepers and their families at Cape Byron would have been like. Available every day, call NPWS Cape Byron Lighthouse Office on (02) 6685 5955 for more details.

 “I encourage everyone to take part in a Heritage Week activity if they can next week. They are interesting, informative and they’re a lot of fun,” Ms Parker said.

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