Educational Travel Adventures - Courses

The aim of Good Walking Books is to reach those budding travellers who need a little inspiration to get themselves on their way and help make it happen.
- Australian Publishers and Authors' Bookshow, Sydney, 2004

Travel, History & Self-Publishing Courses in 2017

January

No Courses are Currently Listed.

February

Canada: A Journey from the Maritimes to the Rockies

Saturday 11 February 9.30am - 4.30pm One of the best ways of exploring the history, culture and landscape of Canada is to travel it. In this history course we begin with the exploration of early Canadian history – New France. We travel through the Canadian Maritimes examining the heritage of the Anglo-French wars. We visit Quebec City and sample the French Canadian lifestyle. Then we travel across Canada looking at her historical and contemporary traditions; visiting intriguing sites and cities such as Montreal, Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary. Along the way, we meet some fascinating Canadians.

The American Revolution - an Introduction

Saturday 18 February 9.30-4.30pm We look at Why and How it happened when we embark on a 1700 km journey through America's East Coast, visiting Boston, Concord, Washington, Jamestown and Williamsburg.

March

Shakespeare in Sydney

Friday 17 March 6.00pm - 8.30pm In April 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Sydney Library hosted a wonderful day showcasing some of Shakespeare’s legacies. We explore Shakespeare’s life and times and the library’s connection with the famous poet and playwright.

Successful Self-Publishing: What you need to know

Saturday 11 March and Saturday 18 March 9.30am - 4.30pm If you have ever wanted to write and publish your own book or e-book but have been reluctant or unsure about how to start, this course will help you towards achieving the satisfaction of becoming a newly self-published author.

April

Crossing the Blue mountains

Saturday 8 April 9.30-4.30pm The amazing crossing of the Blue Mountains - history, attempts, success, populating the mountains. Since the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, Europeans had wanted to cross the distant blue barrier presented by the mountains. From a distance the mountains looked as if they could easily be crossed, typified by Governor Phillip’s intention, “to shortly explore their summits.” But the Europeans found them to be a region of plateaus, deeply gouged by water into a maze of daunting gorges. In this course we will look at the heritage of this once impenetrable mountain range and explore our own crossing of it with an appreciation of history by foot and local transport. Ideal for people wanting to know more about Sydney’s most popular mountain region and walks to explore in the Blue Mountains. We also cover four Blue Mountains walks.

May

Classic Journeys: Scotland.

Saturday 13 May 9.30 - 4.30pm Popularly known for being home to Haggis-eating, Bagpipe-playing, Kilt-wearing and Whisky-drinking folk, Scotland is this and much more. Her islands and highlands have been staging grounds for her adventurous and challenging history. Our journey takes us to remote islands, ancient castles and forts. We will explore Neolithic sites, taste Haggis, hear the skirl of bagpipes, and visit sites of historic significance.

Medieval French Pilgrimage Paths

Saturday 20 May 9.30am - 4.30pm We look at an increasingly popular walking journey across France to the tomb of St. James. Through out history, from all over Europe, pilgrims have walked to the saint’s tomb at Santiago de Compostela, passing by and stopping at other shrines along the way. Due to its size and common borders with so many other countries, France was the ideal place for pilgrims to gather for the long journey to Santiago. The French cities that provided these pilgrim gathering sites were Paris, Le Puy-en-Velay, Vezelay and Arles. Pilgrims would then follow well established pathways and roads towards the Spanish border.

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The Camino

Saturday 27 May 9.30am - 4.30pm An increasingly popular walking journey across northern Spain to the tomb of St. James. Our day includes a walk to and a tour of St. James Church in Sydney. Come and see what your own Camino journey will be like.

June

The Templars.

Friday 16 May 6.00 - 8.30pm OKnown as the Knights Templar, or simply as Templars, they were among the wealthiest and most powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were prominent in Christian finance. The organisation existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages: 1118 - 1314. We look at the origins of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and theTemplars, the importance of pilgrims in the Holy Land and the effects of the Crusades. We look at how the area once known as Outremer became the battle ground between Christian and Muslim armies.

Classic Journeys: America's National Parks

Saturday 17 June 9.30am - 4.30pm Join us on a 5000 mile journey through the American West, a region unique with plant and animal life, geographic wonders, human history and settlements. We visit fifteen national and state parks which protect and honour the landscape, and learn about some of the fascinating indigenous and European discovery. We will cast aside the West of Hollywood stereotype and visit these fascinating and accessible areas through the eyes of an Australian travelling through America. During the course, we will see bears, elk, squirrels, huge landscapes and waterfalls, ‘Old Faithful’ in Yellowstone, as well as two gold mining towns.

July

Walking Colonial Sydney

4 Saturdays 8, 15, 22 & 29 July June 9.30am - 1.30pm It all began in colonial Sydney. Cutlasses, pistols, hangings and floggings. The slapping of ships’ halyards in Sydney Cove. Narrow, cobbled, dirty roads. Soldiers, traders, sailors and settlers. Rum shops, greasy steak houses and mean hovels. From this early nineteenth century melee, Lachlan Macquarie began to mould and develop a social and civil infrastructure from the shabby one that existed in the penal colony into a future nation that we now know as Australia. In this series of four sessions we explore fascinating aspects of Sydney’s colonial history on foot. Colonial sites include, The Rocks, Macquarie Street, the Botanic Gardens and the historic South Head peninsula. We’ll conclude with a group luncheon at the Vaucluse Tea Rooms. The walks are around two and a half hours' duration but are not demanding.

August

Classic Journeys: Alice Springs to Darwin - Tanami, Kimberley & Kakadu

Saturday 12 August 9.30-4.30pm The amazing Tanami desert, Broome, The Kimberley - we visit Australia's Iconic Outback. be ready for camping, luxury resorts, Aboriginal art, and crocodiles!

September

No Courses are Currently Listed.

October

Pilgrim's Rome

Friday 20 October 6pm - 8.30pm What's it like to be a Pilgrim to Rome Today, and why did medieval pilgrims journey to the Eternal City?

Classic Journeys: Van Diemen's Land.

Saturday 14 October 9.30am - 4.30pm We embark on a historic journey to visit Van Diemen's Land with Governor Macquarie's entourage. Colonial Tasmania was once known as Van Diemen’s Land. For some, the life was good, for others not so. Yet communities survived and later prospered. Lachlan Macquarie, governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821 visited his small island colony twice, travelling the route between Launceston and Hobart, naming most of the places along the way. We explore the early history of the colony and join the Governor as he journeys across this most distant outpost of the British Empire. We then travel across Van Diemen’s Land to visit the rugged west coast and Macquarie Harbour before completing our journey in modern-day Hobart.

November

No Courses are Currently Listed.

December

No Courses are Currently Listed.

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Courses to inspire, motivate and prepare you ......

for the adventures and journeys of your lifetime. If not now, when? Our courses are a great opportunity to sample these classic walks and journeys, because we've done them and are making these experiences available to you. Courses include:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Gear Demonstrations.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
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