A brand new curated tour of the region’s delights.
Kick off mid winter with a four day tour to sample some of the heritage wonders beyond the Blue Mountains.
Private Homes and Collections | Indigenous Astronomy | Country Hospitality
Supporting our Regional Property Network
The HHA are once again voyaging around the heritage sites of Sydney Harbour – this time aboard the Waratah. Lovingly restored by Sydney Heritage Fleet, the Waratah is a 117 year-old coal burning steam tug, the oldest working tug in working order in Australia. Harking back to the age of steam enjoy the gentle 'phut phut' of the coal fired vessel as you cruise past important and interesting heritage sites with a commentary provided by an historian of the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Along the way chat to one of the engineers about the principles of the vessel and the history of the tug’s restoration.
Lunch provided on board.
Join us for a walking tour with experienced guides from the Friends of Callan Park, where the beautiful park sweeps down to the foreshores of Iron Cove. See the iconic walled sandstone 1885 asylum, ha-ha walls, two unique war memorials, WWII air raid shelters, Garry Owen House (now Writing NSW), Gardener's Cottage, c. 1900 cart shed and old stables, Farm Manager's cottage and more.
Enjoy the botanical riches of more tree species than New York's Central Park and learn about the ongoing initiatives to protect and govern the site for the future.
The HHA is a Network Partner of Be Connected. Be Connected is an Australian government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.
Through the HHA you can improve your computer skills and get online. This will help you to keep up to date with what's happening at the HHA, find out the latest heritage news, and engage with like-minded communities both in Australia and around the world.
Hannah Clayton Atkin (Manager Communication, Membership and Development at the HHA) will support you through the first steps to using computers and the internet, and improving your digital skills.
This workshop will be held at Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000.
Morning tea will be held at Quay Bar, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 from 11am - 12pm.
Regarded as one of the most outstanding residential architects working in Sydney in the early 20th century, Bertrand James Waterhouse (1876-1965) was initially influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement and later the textures and stucco walls of the Mediterranean.
In this in-depth examination of Waterhouse's architectural career, led by architectural historian Robert Griffin, we begin with a lecture and morning tea at 'Nutcote'. The walking tour takes in a range of properties, including two of his own houses in Neutral Bay and his important early commissions, 'Brent Knowle' and 'Ailsa'. A number of these houses will be opened exclusively for the HHA.
The custodians of Rothwell Lodge will take HHA members on a tour through the history of the Glebe estate and open the doors to their beautiful home, one of the few remaining villas from the first half of the 19th century.
We follow the old church lands of Bishopthorpe and St Phillip to map sites designed by John Verge, Edmund Blacket, George Mansfield and others - discovering the wonderful array of restored, remnant and adapted heritage, along with traces of historical gardens and plantings. Robert and Peter will then show you around Rothwell Lodge where archival maps, paintings and photographs will be available for viewing and you can enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments.
Constructed fully of concrete, in a very unique interwar architecture; Carrawobitty Homestead has a fascinating history of wealth and decline. Join Monica Wren, one of the current owners, and hear the story of the property; starting with the documented links to the First Australians, through colonisation, wealthy pastoralists, NSW Government, Soldier Settlements, and the long process of restoration.
Monica and her husband Ken had one goal in purchasing Carrawobitty - to restore her for the benefit of all and to ensure she has a vibrant and sustainable place in our future.
NB. The venue for the Coffee Conversation is Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000.
Visit Yaralla (the Dame Eadith Walker Estate) one of the last of the large nineteenth century estates in metropolitan Sydney. Starting with morning tea in the City of Canada Bay Museum, hear about the history of the Italianate style Yaralla Mansion designed for the Walker family by Edmund Blackett in the 1860s. Enjoy a guided tour of the Yaralla grounds and outbuildings including the squash courts, stables, parkland gardens along with a display of archival photographs.
NB. You will need your own transport from the City of Canada Bay Museum to Yaralla.
Join Terragong co-owner Simon Milner to hear about the extensive restoration work undertaken on this wonderful example of Colonial Georgian architecture. Built in 1858 as a gentleman’s county residence, Simon highlights the varied histories of the site – from the original slab hut (still standing today), through ownership by seven generations of the Marks family to its recreation by the current owners as a bespoke bed and breakfast with a focus on environmental sustainability.
Starting out at the Grounds of Alexandria, a former warehouse transformed into a successful restaurant and event space, we walk across Sydney Park to hear about its built heritage and recent post industrial development from rubbish dump to parklands and urban wetlands.
We visit Heritage Stoneworks - one of the last few stoneworks yards that restores and repairs Sydney's sandstone facades and monuments to gain an insight into how the precious Pyrmont yellowblock is recycled, reused and quarried for maintaining public buildings around the CBD.
Explore Wisemans Ferry and St Albans – the river communities of inns and pioneer homes.
There are many fascinating sites on the itinerary and all are providing bespoke experiences especially for the HHA. Hear from private owners and local historians as they take us on exclusive tours of historic properties and landscapes and tell the story of this remarkable hidden valley.
Highlights include Price Morris Cottage (1835 wattle and daub timber cottage), the Industrious Settler (former inn with 1820s slab cottage, outbuildings & Walters family settler graves); the delightful Settler’s Arms Inn (1840s two storey stone Georgian Inn) and St Joseph’s Church (Restored 1839 sandstone Gothic Catholic Church & cemetery and winner of the NSW National Trust 2013 Best Heritage Restoration award). We will also have time on this two-day tour to visit Cobham Hall, the original home of Solomon Wiseman and other historic bridges, churches, houses and graveyards along the way.
Following his popular 2018 Irish tour, north from Dublin to Belfast, Dr James Broadbent is leading a second tour starting again in Dublin but travelling south through the counties of Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Kerry and Limerick visiting ancient sites, historic gardens, landscapes, “ruins in demesnes deserted”, private country houses and public museums.
From Edwin Lutyens’ formal Heywood Gardens to Harold Peto’s Italianate island garden of Ilnacullin, the Victorian exuberance of Bantry House and the cottage quirkiness of Boyce’s Garden; from romantic Lismore, a seat of the Dukes of Devonshire, and the Marquis of Waterford’s grand Curraghmore to Rothe House, a merchant’s townhouse of the early seventeenth century and from the sad, picturesque ruins of Duckett’s Grove and the preposterous gate lodges of Ballysaggartmore, our visits, as usual, range from the impressive to the eccentric. All tell the story of the country and its culture.
Father and son Michael and William Guilfoyle had a huge influence on Australian horticulture. In this walk heritage landscape specialist Stuart Read outlines the story of the Guilfoyle family of nurserymen, horticulturists and landscape designers.
Concentrating on eastern Double Bay and sections of Darling Point, learn about the house of the key patron, Thomas Sutcliffe Mort’s mansion, Greenoakes (later, Bishopscourt) and glimpse remnant plantings from Guilfoyle’s Exotic Nursery, Sir John Hay’s experimental garden and Guilfoyle Park.
Our tour starts at the site of the original Sydney Markets – now the Queen Victoria Building. Step aboard a double decker heritage bus for a bus ride to the 100-year-old Leichhardt Tramshed and explore the extensive collection of bus and transport memorabilia. We return to the QVB for a grand tour of this Victorian-Federation era wonder, saved from becoming a car park by public outcry. Learn about the history of the building from design and conception and the changes along the way including the Art Deco 'remodelling' that occurred during the 1930s. From the ground floor to level 2 we will climb up the spiral staircase for an HHA exclusive viewing of the impressive stained-glass inner and copper-sheath of the central dome.
Enjoy morning tea at the bus museum and a light lunch at the QVB.
Please note that to access the Inner Dome, there are three flight of stairs, followed by a 4 rung ladder to access the rooftop and finally a spiral staircase that must be accessed. Due to this, all participants must be of able body and able to climb these stairs / ladder.