River and Mountains History Walk: Linden to Woodford

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River and Mountains History Walk: Linden to Woodford

<p><strong><em>Meet at 9.45am at Linden Train Station</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>This walk showcases the beautiful Blue Mountains, in the process giving a clearer idea of the pre-contact landscape and

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Meet at 9.45am at Linden Train Station.


This walk showcases the beautiful Blue Mountains, in the process giving a clearer idea of the pre-contact landscape and life. We visit waterfalls, views, flora and fauna, waterholes, and a cave.


Note to enrolling students:

  • The journey to Linden from Central will take approximately 1.5 hrs, please travel on the 8:17am train from Central to Linden in order to be there on time.
  • You will need to check the timetable schedule at Central Station for the platform number for the train – all Intercity Trains leave from Platforms 1 – 15.
  • Linden Station is classified as a ‘short platform station’, this means you will need to sit in the last four carriages in order to alight from the train.
  • The class will be returning on the 2:46pm train from Woodford and arrive back at Central at 4:21pm.


The walk is about 4.5 hours long and is graded 3 with a total ascent about 240 metres. A medium level of fitness is required, with some limited scrambling. The tracks range from road, old road, bush track, fire-trail to well-maintained walking track. For the walk you need;

  • Walking shoes
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Backpack with morning tea, lunch and drink – 1 to 2 litres of water
  • Clothing as befits the weather


SUGGESTED READING

  • The Artificial Horizon: Imagining the Blue Mountains, Martin Thomas 2003
  • Blue Mountains Dreaming: The Aboriginal Heritage, ed. Eugene Stockton 1993


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Beautiful waterfalls, views, flora and fauna. The Blue Mountains in spring.
  • Indigenous pre-contact history. What can we know about traditional life in the mountains before European arrival?
  • The early penal colony. Keeping the colony of NSW secure.
  • Crossing the Blue Mountains. Route-finding by various European searchers, Cox’s 1814 road.
  • Tourism in the 19th century, especially by some prominent Sydney families.
  • Geology, fauna and flora of the mid-mountains.


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

  1. Feel the benefit of a medium level of exercise in fresh air and beautiful surrounds.
  2. Gain knowledge of the natural environment of the mid-mountains.
  3. Have an appreciation of indigenous life.
  4. Know about the challenges and motivations behind finding the route, and making the road over the mountains.
  5. See myth-making in history: Caley, and Blaxland / Wentworth / Lawson, Cox the road-builder.

Course testimonials:

  • A great, interesting and varied walk. Fantastic history and natural environment.