Crossing the Blue Mountains: Katoomba to Bathurst

Since the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, Europeans had wanted to cross the distant blue barrier presented by the mountains. We look at the heritage of this once impenetrable mountain range and explore our own crossing of it with an appreciation of history from Katoomba to Bathurst. Ideal for people wanting to know more about Sydney’s most popular mountain region and walks to explore in the Blue Mountains.


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


SUGGESTED READING

  • George Mackaness Fourteen Journeys over the Blue Mountains (1813-1815) (Review Pub Dubbo 978)
  • Almis Simankevicius Macquarie’s Kingdom (Good Walking Books 2004)
  • Greg Powell Bushwalking through History The Blue Mountains (Macstyle 1989)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Topography of the Blue Mountains.
  • Why did the Europeans want to cross them?
  • Exploring the motivations behind these journeys.
  • The best-known crossing.
  • Preparation for a personal journey across the mountains.
  • Governor Macquarie’s 1815 crossing.
  • Key points of interest.
  • Walking equipment and clothing.

Session 1: The Road across the Mountains

  • Katoomba to Cox’s Pass.
  • Governor Macquarie’s 1815 crossing.
  • Aboriginal walks.
  • Monuments
  • Walk 1: Katoomba, Federal Pass

Session 2: To the Western Military Depot and Bathurst

  • Cox’s Pass, Inns of Little Hartley, Hartley, Bathurst.
  • Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson – later years.
  • Vaucluse House, Sydney University.
  • Organisations to join.
  • Independent or guided walks.
  • Walk 2: Cox’s Pass


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a greater appreciation for any journey over the Blue Mountains.
  2. Be confident of undertaking their own such journey by foot or otherwise.
  3. Know the history of the crossing of the Blue Mountains.
$65 Limited

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08 Aug

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