This is an outline of the 5-day colonial itinerary that includes historic sites, walking excursions and suitable accommodation.
- Begin at: Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
- How to get there: By train to St James' station in Sydney, and walk across Queen's Square to the gates of Hyde Park Barracks.
Colonial itinerary: 5 days
- Day 1. Monday Meet at the obelisk in Macquarie Place, where distances of all roads in the colony were measured from. Luggage will be picked up and transported to the night’s accommodation. Proceed to St. James’ church, Hyde Park Barracks. Make our way down along Macquarie Street and the Botanic Gardens to the Tarpeian Steps and Circular Quay. Explore The Rocks. Up through narrow laneways to our lunch spot. Observatory Hill, Garrison Church and return to Circular Quay. Board the Ferry to Parramatta.
- Day 2. Explore Parramatta, Old Government House, Elizabeth Farm, Experiment Farm. Lunch. Coach to Prospect Hill to view the landscape of the Blue Mountains. A stop at Mamre, Samuel Marsden’s farmhouse MAMRE. Begin ascent of Blue Mountains. Continue through Blue Mountains, Springwood, Katoomba, Explorer’s Tree and convict graves.
- Day 3. After breakfast we attempt Cox’s Pass Descent. At the foot of the pass we board the coach for a journey to the historic town of Old Hartley. (Take lunch as Collit’s Inn and Rose Inn Little Hartley are not open for lunch on Wednesday). After lunch we drive to visit the colonial Macquarie Towns of Richmond and Windsor. At St. Matthew’s church our challenge is to locate Andrew Thompson’s tombstone and read Macquarie’s epitaph to his friend.
- Day 4. Cowpastures After breakfast we drive to the region once known as the Cowpastures - Campbelltown and Camden. We visit the interesting Gledswood Homestead and Belgenny Farm the original estate of John and Elizabeth Macarthur.We visit historic Denham Court.If time allows, a visit to Mt Annan Gardens the largest Botanic Garden in Australia.
- Day 5. Liverpool After breakfast the coach takes us to Liverpool, the first town Macquarie established and visit Greenway’s buildings and the Liverpool Museum. After lunch, we return to Sydney and visit historic South Head, Watson’s Bay and the Macquarie Lighthouse. Return to Macquarie Place.
This tour takes us back to colonial times, where we experience the travels of Macquarie and his entourage as they journey across the newly discovered territories.