BridgeClimb Celebrates the 2.5 millionth Climber to Scale to the Summit of Sydney’s Icon

BridgeClimb Sydney has celebrated the 2.5 millionth Climber to experience “The Climb of their Life” on the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. At 10.05am on Friday 12 March 2010, Hilary Baker from the UK scaled to the summit of the Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney.

Ms Baker, a coach driver from Sundon, England (just outside London), climbed with her partner Greg Ashworth as well as her sister Alison Kirkham and Alison’s husband John Kirkham.

“This is our first visit to Australia and what a way to be welcomed” Ms Baker said. “I have been looking forward to climbing the Bridge for so long, and to be lucky enough to be the 2.5 millionth climber…well this is just brilliant.”

At the summit Ms Baker was presented with a trophy containing a cement core from the original 1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge foundation work, sourced from the excavation of the BridgeClimb access tunnel to the Bridge.

Todd Coates, Managing Director of BridgeClimb said “Hilary has travelled from across the globe to summit the Bridge today. Her story and the memory she will treasure forever is as unique and special as every one of our 2.5 million Climbers”.

Since BridgeClimb opened in October 1998 58% of Climbers have been international visitors to Sydney, 24% were Sydney-siders and 18% were from the rest of Australia.

BridgeClimb now have three exciting climbs to the summit of the Bridge; The Bridge Climb, The Discovery Climb and The Express Climb, all available at dawn, during the day, twilight and at night. For booking enquiries call (02) 8274 7777 or book online at

2.5 millionth Climber Pictures by James Morgan on behalf of Bridgeclimb, Sydney, Australia.

Park Pass required at Kakadu from April 2010

From 1 April, visitors to Kakadu National Park will be required to purchase a Park Pass. The Park Pass will cost $25 and is valid for 14 days. Children under 16 and Territorians will not require a park pass.

Park passes will contribute directly to the running costs of the park and will help us maintain the fantastic natural environment and tourism services such as roads, boardwalks, visitor centres and free ranger walks and talks.

Visitors will initially be able to buy their passes at the following agents:

  1. Tourism Top End, Darwin
  2. Bowali Visitor Centre, Park Headquarters
  3. Goymarr (Mary River Roadhouse).

It is best to purchase a park pass before entering the park. Park staff may ask to see the pass, so visitors should carry it at all times. Visitors without a valid pass may be fined.

There will be a paper-based system over the next 12 months. We will phase in electronic ticketing so that visitors can buy their pass on line.

Tour operators:
As a condition of their permit, tour operators will need to ensure that all of their customers (with the exception of children and Territorians) have a valid park pass prior to entering the park.

Tour operators can order their passes from the Parks Australia Darwin Office on (08) 8920 1300. They may pick up the passes in person or request that they be mailed to them.

A five per cent discount will be offered to all tour operators purchasing more than 100 passes through the Darwin office. This will be payable by rebate on a quarterly basis. Tour operators will be able to pay by credit card, direct deposit, and in some cases via invoice.

Alternatively tour operators may purchase smaller numbers of passes from the agents listed above.

Kakadu has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, and during that time the land and their culture have become intertwined. Kakadu National Park is managed jointly by its Aboriginal traditional owners and the Director of National Parks.

Yass Valley Heritage Tramway Tourism Feasibility Study

Council has received funding, in partnership with the Yass Valley Development Corporation and Yass Railway Heritage Centre, to undertake a Feasibility Study to determine the tourism potential for reopening the Yass Valley Heritage Tramway.

Expressions of Interest are invited from suitably qualified persons to undertake the project management of the study. Copies of the Project Management Brief are available from Council by contacting (02) 6226 1477.

Expressions of Interest will be received up until closing time 5:00 p.m. on Monday 22 March 2010. David Rowe General Manager PO Box 6 YASS NSW 2582.

Take A Historic Pub Trail Through Mudgee

Mudgee is steeped in history – it has more heritage listed buildings than any other town in NSW. Beer and wine lovers can rejoice as many are charming pubs, offering an ideal base to eat, drink and sleep your way through the Region. With over 20 to choose from this is a pub crawler’s paradise.

From Rylstone and Mudgee to Hill End and Gulgong each of the region’s pubs have their own unique story and architecture. Once inside, enjoy warm open fires, friendly locals, fresh food and great value accommodation. Cold beer is always on tap, along with a range of wines from the local cellar doors.

Many of the region’s pubs now sell beer from the Mudgee Brewing Company, the town’s first and only brewery which opened a new restaurant and café in May 2009. Highlights on a self-guided Pub Trail through Mudgee include:

The Royal Hotel (Hill End) – one of 27 hotels built in the 1870’s for the gold rush, this is the only one still standing, a legendary hotel for its atmosphere and stories, accommodates up to 20 people.

The Globe Hotel (Rylstone) – great country pub with a beer garden overlooking the town’s main street and beautiful plane trees, with 12 rooms it is an ideal base for visiting Dunns Swamp.

Kandos Hotel (Kandos) – a basic pub to meet the locals who work at the local cement works, used to hold up the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the gateway to the Wollemi National Park for canoeing, fishing, bushwalking or a river cruise.

Prince of Wales (Gulgong) – one of historic Gulgong’s oldest buildings, from the 1800s, this pub is brimming with warmth, great food and accommodation in units or motel rooms. The Girls Weekend away package is ideal for special occasions and includes a massage and wine tour.

The Post Office Hotel (Gulgong) – chat to the locals while you have a beer and enjoy the bistro food. Rooms are pub style and bathrooms shared, but the building’s history will charm you.

Lawson Park Hotel (Mudgee) – at the Red Heifer Grill they grow and serve their own Angus steaks, or enjoy a deep dish pie. The historic 1860 pub offers tastings from 25 local wines, and accommodation in seven rooms overlooking pretty Lawson Park in town.

The Oriental (Mudgee) – the famous Ori bistro is renowned for its juicy steaks and gourmet specials, it is recently renovated, with accommodation in seven rooms all with verandas, or the self-contained cottage next door

Mudgee Brewing Company (Mudgee) – a café and restaurant within this 100 year old converted wool shed, this is the only brewery in Mudgee.

“The pubs are a great way for travellers to enjoy Mudgee on a budget – they  offer more than luxury guesthouses and wineries – and they full of cultural and historical charm.” said Lucy White, Tourism Manager at Mudgee Region Tourism Inc.

The Mudgee Region is a 3.5 hour drive from Sydney in the Central West of NSW. A food and wine lover’s paradise, there are also a range of arts, culture, history, nature and wilderness experiences to be enjoyed.

For more information on Mudgee’s pubs and touring contact the Mudgee Visitor Information Centre on 02 6372 1020 or go to

Mudgee has the highest number of heritage listed buildings on a per capita basis than any other town in NSW.

Intriguing city precincts

Discover fascinating suburbs off the main tourist route.
After the Second World War, the Australian Government began a formal migration program that has brought more than six million migrants to Australia.

Since then, people from some 200 different countries have made Australia their home bringing with them their cuisine and traditions.  Many of those immigrants have tended to congregate in certain suburbs, which in turn made those suburbs more interesting.

Together, these precincts have helped shape our major Australian cities into the unique urban landscapes they are today.  

In Sydney, head to the inner city suburb of Leichhardt for a taste of Italy. It was once a working class area populated by first and second generation Italian immigrants. ‘Little Italy’, as it’s sometimes called, is centred around busy Norton Street. There are plenty of Italian cafes and restaurants here, as well as bookshops and a movie theatre. The Italian Forum is a group of Italianate buildings with balconies, upmarket fashion shops and cafes all clustered around a central piazza.   

Sydney’s Chinatown is another fascinating area. Located near Town Hall in the city centre, Chinatown is focused around Dixon Street. It’s a pedestrian mall with many Chinese restaurants and grocery stores. A firm favourite for many Sydneysiders is a weekend trip to Chinatown for yum cha. Close to Chinatown is Sydney’s Spanish quarter, where you can find several Spanish-style restaurants and bars.

Melbourne has some intriguing city precincts too. Among these is the bayside suburb of St Kilda. There are more restaurants and bars here than just about anywhere else in Melbourne, and the suburb attracts a distinctly bohemian crowd. The St Kilda Esplanade, which nudges up to a beach and a historic pier, is popular by day, while the restaurant and bar strips really come alive once dusk falls.

The city has its own Chinatown too, centered on Little Bourke Street. This compact area is home to Australia’s oldest Chinese settlement, which dates back to the 1850s. It’s packed with restaurants and Chinese stores.  

Just north of the city centre grid are the suburbs of Carlton and Fitzroy. Carlton is known for its Italian restaurants and cafes which cluster along Lygon Street and its large student population and parklands.

Not far from Perth’s city centre is Fremantle which boasts perhaps the best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world. Back streets reveal old dockworkers’ cottages, and warehouses converted into trendy apartments.

Major attractions include Western Australia’s earliest convict jail, as well as Fremantle Prison and the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

Also here are the iconic Fremantle Markets, where you can shop for fashion, home wares, antiques and local produce. Treat yourself to Japanese, Turkish, Indonesian, French, or Vietnamese food too.

In Hobart, the state capital of Tasmania, you can find Salamanca Place. This was once the haunt of sailors, whalers, dock-workers and convict labourers. The old Georgian warehouses here act as Hobart’s cultural hub. They are home to art galleries, theatres, cafes, craft shops and restaurants.

The Salamanca Markets take place here every Saturday. Shop alongside the locals for local organic fruit and vegetables, freshly cut flowers, and arts and crafts.

As Queensland’s state capital, Brisbane has its fair share of fascinating precincts too. The small inner-city enclave of West End is one of them. It’s a free-spirited place known for its many ethnic restaurants, cafes, and Asian grocers.

Then there’s the Fortitude Valley whish has now been gentrified. Come here for vibrant cafes, trendy fashion outlets, popular nightclubs, live music venues, renovated pubs, great restaurants, and the city’s very own Chinatown.

In South Australia, the suburb of North Adelaide is crammed with Victorian and Edwardian architecture and the streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, bistros, and six popular pubs.

Northwest of the city centre is Port Adelaide, a historic seaport which is home to some of the finest colonial buildings in the state. There are several museums here, including the National Railway Museum. This houses Australia’s largest collection of locomotive engines and rolling stock.

Australia’s capital city, Canberra, is a relaxed culturally-significant place.

As well as accommodating some of the nation’s major museums and art galleries, Canberra hosts around 80 diplomatic missions from around the world. Most of the major embassies are in the leafy suburb of Yarralumla. You can explore the area by car, or it will take around one hour to cycle the ‘Embassy Tour’ route.

The Cultural Moment in Heritage Tourism

New perspectives on performance and engagement
Ask most tourists and they will tell you that visiting heritage sites is primarily about ‘having a nice day out’. Recreation, leisure and sometimes a desire for education or the expression or demonstration of cultural ‘taste’ are all well documented motivations for touristic activities.

But what cultural work does the act of visiting cultural sites actually do?  What, in cultural and social terms, is achieved by having ‘a nice day out’?  What also, beyond the economic, is obtained by the delineation of cultural sites and places for touristic consumption?

This work explores the cultural and social work that both the act of visiting, and the provision of heritage sites for touristic use, does – it aims to capture the cultural moment in heritage tourism.

In identifying and capturing this ‘moment’, the volume also aims to explore what this may mean for a critical understanding of both tourism and heritage itself.

In providing a deeper and nuanced understanding of the motivations, on-site activities, meaning construction and other cultural work by both tourists and tourist operators, the work aims to provide a critical and holistic understanding of the interrelation between heritage and the tourism industry.

We therefore invite contributions from established scholars across a range of fields who might want to address, refine, take issue with or replace some of the following questions:

  • How are cultural encounters best understood in tourism contexts?
  • To what extent are moments of engagement premeditated or random?
  • Can such moments be created, and what does this imply about agency and subjective understandings?
  • How are cultural moments configured in cyberspace, with the advent of Web 2.0 in particular?
  • To what extent is the cultural moment constitutive of other social relations such as power and authority, gender and history?
  • How is the moment embodied? What movement is revealed? What senses are involved?
  • How is performance modulated by moments of engagement, and what are the reciprocities of engagement and performance in tourism places?

It is our intention to present a collection of chapters to explore these and other related questions that our contributors may offer. We invite theoretical and conceptual contributions; the results of empirical research; reflections on lived experience; and applications of emergent theory to cases preferably of international significance. To be considered for this publication, you should submit a 300-word abstract to Laurajane Smith, Emma Waterton and Steve Watson at no later than 31st March, 2010.