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Ghost walks of Milton South Coast NSW

Discover the historic town of Milton with Charlotte Seccombe, mistress of the Star Hotel of the 1860s on lantern-lit walking tour, as she tells you about the ghosts and eerie tales of Milton.

Walks are held every Saturday nights from 7pm and 8pm during summer

Charlotte will meet you at the Milton Cultural Centre, Princes Highway opposite the Post Office.

Bookings are essential
ghost walks Costs $28.00
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Ph: 02 4455-4780
Email history@ulladulla.info

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Group and party bookings are also available on other nights.
Ph: 02 4455-4780
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Group Holidays to Norfolk Island

Norfolk islandHeritage Tourism Australia provide tailored made general Norfolk Island holiday packages and tours of any theme or focus for groups of 15 people plus.

Holiday packages include airfares, motel/resort accommodation, hire car & insurance and the choice of the best Norfolk Island holiday theme activities.

Norfolk Island themes:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Food – Paddock to Plate
  • Photography
  • History and HeritageNorfolk island
  • Maritime
  • Convict era
  • History Lovers
  • Family Reunions
  • Ghost tours
  • Lawn Bowls – Golf and other sports
  • Fishing
  • Family reunions
  • Family History Research – Genealogy
  • Business conferences
  • Tourism conferences
  • Others themes on request

Norfolk Island is a great destination to have a small conference , meeting or incentive group. Let heritage tourism co-ordinate and itinerary that suits your theme.

No passport is required to travel (but yes depart from International airport) just a photo drivers license or other photo id.

Heritage Tourism can also provide tour guides and leaders for your group. in addition to guest speakers for historical, business and tourism  conferences.

We also suggest travel insurance

Contact us for further details or phone 02 4455 4780

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Sydney and The Rocks NSW

Sydney’s magnificent historical buildings are well known. Buildings such as the Sydney Opera House, The Mint, Hyde Park Barracks, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Government House have not only shaped the city, but also the nation.

See our range of tours of “The Rocks”

The Rocks Discovery Museum housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, tells the story of The Rocks from pre-European days to the present.

Museum of Sydney
Sydney’s heritage and history is presented in an exciting, contemporary context with fascinating exhibitions, films and state of the art technology which tells stories of colonial life and Aboriginal culture.

Dine in Sydney’s Heritage-Listed buildings.
Be immersed in the charming history of Sydney by dining in heritage listed buildings. From prisoner hideouts to beach changing sheds these establishments make for great dinner conversation.

Discover the Magic of Sydney Harbour at sundown.
Combine warm Summer evenings, Spring twilights, Autumn sunsets and winter city lights with Harbour Cruising and you have the winning combination with the Harbour Dining Cruises

Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in April 1932, is Sydney’s original icon. Climb the Bridge with day and night climbs, access to the inner heart of our bridge.

Explore Australia’s oldest public building: Old Government House stands in 260 acres of parkland and was built in 1799 as home to the early governors of NSW. The décor and colonial furniture reflects the style of Governor and Mrs Macquarie, who lived there from 1810 to 1821.

See our range of tours of “The Rocks”

Tasmania’s Island Heritage

Timeless and ageless, Tasmania’s Island Heritage is a disarmingly beautiful yet magically wild landscape. Tasmania was separated from the Australian mainland during the last Ice Age and the 10,000 years since of isolation has created a living museum housing some of the world’s oldest plant and animal species.

The 1.3 million hectares that make up the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area are part of a group of five national parks and other reserves, which together fill one-fifth of Tasmania’s land mass. The Southwest National Park is bigger than many small countries. More than 40 per cent of Tasmania remains protected from commercial development, providing plenty of opportunities for extraordinary wilderness adventures.

The island supports an abundant variety of wildlife including platypus, rare birds, spotted quolls and the Tasmanian (Tassie) devil. Even the extinct Tasmanian tiger is believed by some to still live somewhere in its impenetrable depths. Tasmania also has a rich Indigenous history. Around 35,000 years ago the only people living there were Aboriginal tribes. It is thought they lived through the Ice Age and were the most southerly inhabitants on Earth.

King Solomon Caves TasmaniaTasmania’s capital city of Hobart, set against the backdrop of Mount Wellington and the historic waterfront at Sullivan’s Cove, is steeped in Australian history. Salamanca Place has a terrace of warehouses dating back to the whaling days of the 1800s. Many fine museums showcase Australia’s convict and maritime history. Travel to the top of Mount Wellington for spectacular views over the city, the D’Entrecastreaux Channel and the Tasman Peninsula.

Southwest National Park is Tasmania’s largest national park covering an astonishing area of more than 600,000 hectares. Learn about Australia’s early logging, mining and convict history at Strahan, gateway to the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Strahan is also the birthplace of the conservation movement in Australia. In the 1980s it was the site of a fierce battle between conservationists and the government to prevent a dam being built on the Franklin River which made news headlines around the world.

The Tarkine in the north west, named after the Tarkiner Aborigines who once lived here, contains the largest temperate rainforest in Australia along with a high concentration of Aboriginal sites.

Cradle Mountains TasmaniaThe World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is accessible from the north and south of the State, and is home to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. The Overland Track from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair is one of Australia’s best multi-day bushwalks, but there are many in the area ranging from challenging to short day walks. Mole Creek Karst National Park protects some of the finest limestone caves in Tasmania, home to intriguing species including spectacular glow worms.

Launceston, the centre of northern Tasmania and the second largest city, blends history with adventure. It is a short walk from the city’s historic buildings to the rapids of Cataract Gorge. Tasmania’s Bay of Fires in the northeast includes some 30 kilometres of coastline. The four-day Bay of Fires Walk is another of the finest available in the Tasmania’s Island Heritage Landscape.

Rugged pink granite mountains, white sand beaches and sapphire blue waters are the colours that define the Freycinet Peninsula on the east coast. Formed over 400 million years, this region has a rich Indigenous heritage with Aboriginal people recorded in the area for at least 35,000 years.

Enjoy a walk to Wineglass Bay which is renowned as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. The uncrowded beaches and pink granite outcrops of Coles Bay bordering the Freycinet National Park are ideal for swimming, sailing, fishing, bushwalking and bird-watching, with around 130 bird species recorded on the peninsula alone. Watch for migrating whales in season from the Cape Tourville lighthouse, try the Freycinet Experience Walk, a four-day guided walk covering the length of the Freycinet Peninsula or take a cruise of Wineglass Bay and Schouten Island being escorted by playful dolphins along the way.

Maria Island is off the east coast and the entire island is a national park, where visitors can take the guided four-day Maria Island Walk or explore at leisure.

Port Arthur TasmaniaThe World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict-era sites in the world. Located on the Tasman Peninsula southeast of Hobart, the site includes more than 30 historic buildings and ruins where visitors can learn about Australia’s intriguing convict history.

There are also remote islands off Tasmania including Bruny, King and Flinders which offer rich wilderness and cultural experiences each in their own unique way. With all its rugged and untamed beauty, Tasmania’s Island Heritage is wildly accessible.

Things to see and do

  • Learn about Australia’s early convict and settlement history in Hobart and Port Arthur.
  • Follow the riverbank walk from Launceston to Cataract Gorge.
  • Ride the West Coast Wilderness Railway for a glimpse of Australia’s mining history.
  • Walk through ancient rainforest in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
  • Meet a Tassie devil.
  • Take a breath of the officially declared cleanest air in the world.
  • Try the spectacular Bay of Fires Walk.
  • Take a ferry to wild and untamed Bruny Island.

Suggested itinerary

  • Tasmania is less than 100 kilometres from the Australian mainland. Flights depart from most Australian capital cities to Hobart or Launceston.
  • The Spirit of Tasmania sails regularly from Melbourne to Devonport.
  • Tasmania’s Island Heritage is an easy self-drive destination with a series of touring routes including the Convict Trail, Heritage Highway and Huon Trail that connect specific points of interest.
  • A scenic flight will allow you to fully appreciate the vastness and beauty of this World Heritage-listed wilderness.


The Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery: Shark Bay 1616

2016 marks 400 years since Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog left the Netherlands on his epic journey during which he famously stumbled on the island, now known as Dirk Hartog Island, off the coast of Shark Bay in Western Australia on 25 October 1616.

Long before Captain James Cook landed on the east coast of Australia in 1770, Hartog had left a pewter plate as a mark of his discovery in Western Australia. Hartog’s journey would see him play a major part in the world’s cartography as the first recorded European to leave evidence of contact with Australian soil. As a by-product of spice and commodity trade in the Indonesian islands lying above Australia, a chief cartographer was put in place by Dutch East Indian Trading to have a secret atlas of maps which included Australia or “New Holland” as it was known for 150 years. Although Australia wasn’t seen as a trading opportunity, the Dutch mapped two-thirds of the mysterious continent known as “Terra Australis Incognita”, later renamed Australia by the British.

Today the area is known as the Shark Bay World Heritage Area – a wonderland of world-class natural marine and land-based attractions married with a rich indigenous culture. Land forms include the 100km Shell Beach, the extraordinary Stromatolites (found only in three places globally) and the Zuytdorp Cliffs stretching from Kalbarri to Shark Bay. Marine encounters include the Monkey Mia dolphins, the second largest population of dugongs in the world, migrating humpback whale, rare loggerhead turtles and the occasional whale shark.

Dirk Hartog Island is Western Australia’s largest island and offers a peaceful retreat of beautiful scenery, ideal for four-wheel driving with its white sandy beaches perfect for snorkelling or fishing. The Island has significant biodiversity conservation values with more than 250 native plant species, 81 species of birds and 27 species of reptiles, many of which were on the brink of extinction. It is also a major nesting area for loggerhead turtles with about 400 breeding annually with hatchlings expected in March.

To celebrate the 400 year anniversary of the landing on the island, a four-day festival – the Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery: Shark Bay 1616, will held in Shark Bay from Friday October 21 to Tuesday October 25, 2016. The 1606 replica Dutch ship, the Duyfken, will depart Western Australia’s Fremantle Harbour on August 28, 2016 and visit the Coral Coast towns of Jurien Bay, Dongara and Geraldton along the way to Denham, and will be available for public tours at each port of call. Additionally, history and sailing enthusiasts can cruise to the festivities on board the tall-ship Leeuwin II departing Fremantle on Friday 14 October, arriving in Shark Bay Friday October 21, 2016.

Dirk Hartog Island homestead accommodation

For more information on the event series, travel planning or history of Dirk Hartog Island, visit Australia’s Coral Coast

Copyright: Chris Woods photography & Dirk Hartog Island homestead

Norfolk Island Encounter Tour

Norfolk islandDiscover Norfolk Island

Round the Island Places and Points of interest

Personal Tour guide and driver

Perfect for small parties $67.00pp

Max 6 Pick up from accommodation

Includes refreshments. 3.5hrs – Tours On Demand

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Your tour guide Elizabeth McCoy is a descendant of the Bounty mutineers and is fluent in the Norfolk Island Language

Let her show you the passion she has for Norfolk Island’s unique history and heritage.

Ph: +672 3 50302

Email: stormypaddock@norfolk.nf

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Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area

The Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) on Norfolk Island is one of the foremost national examples of a cultural landscape with exceptional heritage and social values and is listed on the National Heritage List.

Today visitors to KAVHA can take a guided tour, follow walking trails or visit the open house at No. 10 Quality Row.

KAVHA contains one of the finest collections of colonial Georgian buildings in Australia and has international significance as an architectural record of convict settlement from 1788 to 1855.

Although many of the original buildings have been lost through demolition, neglect or natural disasters, the remaining buildings and ruins have been stabilised by a program of restoration and conservation which begun in the early 1970s.

Contact Heritage Tourism for tour details

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