Walks

U p c o m i n g  w a l k s:

During 2017 there will be 8 guided walks for Trust members and their guests.  Each walk reveals aspects of the extraordinary natural and built local environment.

Sunday 25th June:          The Bridging of Hunters Hill

Sunday 30 July:               Cockatoo Island

Sunday 27 August:         TBA

Sunday 24 September:  The Priory & Marist Estate

Sunday 29 October:       Jacaranda Walk

New members are welcome to join us.   Bookings: members@huntershilltrust.org.au.

Next Walk:  JUNE 2017  The Bridging of Hunters HIll

Source: DMR Journal , 1964

Discover the history behind Hunters Hill’s three bridges:  Gladesville, Figtree and Tarban.  You will hear about the first bridge crossing which opened for traffic in 1881 through to the impacts caused by the 1964 build including stories around the “missing 100+ houses”  including St Malo, Mary Reiby’s cottage, Figtree Chapel as well as the homes at Huntley’s Point.

The walk will be mainly on paved surfaces and go through a small amount of bushland and over a footbridge.

When:  at 9.30am Sunday 25th June

Where:  park in Joubert St North, and meet, opposite the Hunters Hill Hotel

Bookings: members@huntershilltrust.org.au for more info.

HHT’s Guided walks are FREE.  They are intended for Trust members but friends, family and new members are also welcome.

 

P a s t   w a l k s:

MAY 2017  Historic Gladesville Hospital

Moreton Bay fig Image: Karen Presland

Our intrepid walkers: Image Maureen Flowers

Gladesville Hospital, originally known as Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum, was designed by the Colonial Architect, Mortimer Lewis.  The first patients arrived from Liverpool Asylum and the Female Factory at Parramatta in 1838. The site contains many buildings that are listed on the Register of the National Estate.

Len Dowsett was our guide this month on our walk through the beautiful surroundings of Gladesville Hospital site.  He had mapped out a very picturesque route for us past the main heritage buildings and exploring some of the bush and waterside tracks that led around the perimeter of the site.  We saw the new upgrade of the Boat Shed by the Oval which has had a facelift and is now a small picnic area.  A wonderful walk in lovely weather enjoyed by all.

APRIL 2017  Heritage of Woolwich village

view from 5 Werambie St

5 Werambi St

Maureen Flowers led the Trust’s April guided walk, focusing on The Point Road and Werambie Street. We toured the gardens at Domov, Clunes and Vineta.

We sincerely thank Trust members Thea Whitnall and Martin & Sue Tattersall for inviting us into their gardens and Carl Ryves for showing us around his wonderful 1891 waterfront villa designed by William Martin.

Images courtesy of Karen Presland

 

Wandella

Domov

Clunes

Vineta garden

Vineta

at Domov

MARCH 2017  Great North Walk, Boronia Park

Alister Sharp, our guide led the groupalong part of the Great North Walk.  There were a few steep areas but the views were worth it.

When:  9:30-11:30, Sunday 26 March

Where:  meeting at Boronia Park car park

Walks are intended for Trust members and their friends and family.  New members are welcome to join us.   Bookings: members@huntershilltrust.org.au.

NOVEMBER 2016  Jacaranda walk

jacaranda-walkers

enjoying Mimi’s view

jacaranda-walkHHT’s last guided walk for 2016 celebrated the gorgeous jacaranda trees of Hunters Hill.

Trust member Margaret Scrivner invited walkers to visit and enjoy the trees around her 1911 sandstone home.  Walkers also explored parts of Woolwich and finished at a local cafe.

SEPTEMBER 2016  Saints, sea captains and shrunken heads

Villa Maria Monastery

Villa Maria Monastery

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Our September walk was led by Karen Presland ‘in the footsteps of the Marists’ whose mission has been based at Villa Maria in Hunters Hill since 1847.

We explored the streets surrounding St Joseph’s College, Holy Name of Mary and the Villa Maria Monastery.  Besides stories of washerwomen, stonemasons and builders, we heard about Captain Lewis and Mrs Elizabeth Truscott – prominent residents of Mary Street who established a large shipping company together and traded throughout the Pacific Islands and South America. This was a very popular walk which we will be repeating next year.

AUGUST 2016  Early history of Ferry Street

Garibaldi Inn

Garibaldi Inn

Maureen Flowers led a walk exploring the early history and heritage of buildings in Ferry Street.  It revealed many interesting facts about the early settlement of Hunters Hill and walkers were treated to a special guided tour of All Saints Anglican Church, designed by John Horbury Hunt, which holds the only example of Pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows in Sydney plus a rare Bevington Organ, the only working model in the Southern Hemisphere

 

JULY 2016  The Gospel’s Walk

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St Joseph’s College

On Sunday July 23rd, HHT walkers explored the houses and cottages in the streets around Joey’s and in Martin and James Streets.

JUNE  2016   Woolwich Walk

woolwich dock

Woolwich Dock

We had a great walk around the Woolwich foreshore.  Fabulous weather and lots of input from many of the walkers who knew some of the history of the heritage houses particularly in Gale Street and had wonderful things to contribute. 

Woolwich walkers

Woolwich walkers, June 26th

 

 

MAY  2016  Tarban Creek and Batemans Road Walk

'Dene Hollow'

‘Dene Hollow’, Gladesville Road

This walk was led by Karen Presland who showed us her 1880s timber cottage ‘Dene Hollow’ and told stories of its early days and restoration.  She led us past the stone houses and dairy in Batemans Road and explained their history.  

You can read more about ‘Dene Hollow’ in HHT Journal Vol 52. No 2 October 2014 on our publications page.   

HHT members at 'Dene Hollow' May 2016

HHT walkers at ‘Dene Hollow’

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APRIL 2016   Heritage of Gladesville Hospital Walk

21 people joined the guided walk around Gladesville Hospital .  The walk included a guided tour of two rooms of the SPASM (Society for Preservation of Artefacts of Surgery and Medicine) Museum detailing some of the history dedicated to Gladesville’s Asylum.

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Gladesville Hospital, 2016

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some of the April walkers, Gladesville Hospital

 

NOVEMBER 2015  Jacaranda Walk

Jacaranda-TreeJoin the last guided walk for 2015 and celebrate the amazing colour and profusion of the Jacaranda trees in our area.  We will do a round trip, finishing at a local cafe.

When:  9:30 am Sunday November 1st, 2015

Where:  corner of Lloyd Avenue & Alexandra Street, just beyond the RSL

Bookings: members@huntershilltrust.org.au for details.

Walks are for Trust members but friends and family are also welcome.

 

SEPTEMBER 2015  Guided walk through Hunters Hill

Ferdinand street reserveDiscover some little-known nooks and crannies of Hunters Hill and walk around the foreshore. This involves 120+ steps at Ferdinand Street Reserve – a good workout but well worth it.  Look at some of the beautiful workers’ cottages and spectacular mansions along the way and will finish back at the local cafes at Hunters Hill shops for coffee or lunch.

Walks are for Trust members but family and friends are also welcome. Please note that dogs must be kept on leash at all times.

Where:  Meet at the Hunters Hill Hotel Bistro entrance in Joubert Street

When:  9:30 Sunday, 27th September 2015

Contact: members@huntershilltrust.org.au for details.  FREE EVENT

 

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HHT guided walk, September

Ferdinand St reserve

Ferdinand St reserve

‘There was no escape for trapped residents as the horde of courteous walkers arrived at successive locations, peering courteously over manicured hedges and between gates in stone fences to admire sites throughout the morning.

The “oooh’s” and “aaah’s” that followed explanations of sites’ significance in local history broke the otherwise-relentless stream of “good morning”s and similar salutations to neighbours caught in the open, as the group pressed through the streets at a pleasant pace.’  Russ Young.

 AUGUST 2015  Woolwich walk:  industrial heritage and Jeanneret houses

Wybalena

Wybalena

woolwichMembers and friends are invited to join the Trust’s August guided walk.

Firstly Len Dowsett will provide another perspective on Kelly’s Bush and  the industrial heritage of Woolwich.

The second half of the walk will be led by Bev Sherry who will take us past some Jeanneret houses and explain their historical significance.

Where:  Meet at the top of the steps that lead to Woolwich Baths on Woolwich Road.

When:  9:30 Sunday, 30th August.  We will walk for about 2 hours and finish at a local cafe.

Contact: members@huntershilltrust.org.au for details.  FREE EVENT

JULY 2015  guided walk through Boronia Park

Tipperary Falls

Tipperary Falls

Members and friends are invited to join a guided walk to explore parts of Boronia Park and the foreshore of the Lane Cove River.   We will follow part of the Great North Walk through remnant bushland and past the Tipperary Falls, and enjoy views across the Lane Cove River from sandstone lookouts.

Part of this track is uneven and steep in places and could be muddy, but we will take it slowly and ensure there is a helping hand for anyone who needs it.  Unfortunately this walk is not suitable for dogs, but dogs will be welcome on future walks.  Good walking shoes are essential.

Where:  meet at the children’s play area, corner of Ryde Rd and Boronia Ave.

When:  9:30 Sunday, 26th July.  We  will walk for a couple of hours before enjoying coffee or lunch at one of the local cafes in Hunters Hill

Contact: members@huntershilltrust.org.au for details.  FREE EVENT

 

JUNE 2015  guided walk through Gladesville Hospital

The Folly

The Folly

Members, friends and anyone interested are invited to explore some beautiful places in our neighbourhood on the last Sunday of each month.  The walk will be led by Len Dowsett, an experienced bushwalker and guide with a passion for history and the environment.

Where:  meet at the entrance to Riverglade Reserve along Manning Road (parking area)

When:  9:30 Sunday, 28th June

Contact: members@huntershilltrust.org.au for details.   FREE EVENT

rivergladeMAY 2015 guided walk in Hunters Hill

Trust members and their friends are invited to join a guided walk led by Alister Sharp.

Where:  Starting at 3 Beans Café, Gladesville Road Hunters Hill we will go to Riverglade Reserve (along the lower part of Tarban Creek) and walk over Victoria Road to Gladesville Reserve for a glimpse of the Parramatta River and the site of the old Gladesville Bridge.  There are some hills on this route but we’ll take them slowly.  Alister will give us some interesting insights into the history of the area.

When:  9:30 am Sunday May 31st:  3 Beans Café, Gladesville Road Hunters Hill.  We’ll walk for a couple of hours and finish off at a local cafe.  FREE EVENT.

FEBRUARY 2015 Guided walk 10 am Sunday 15th February

Do you want to know more about the Draft Plan of Management for Boronia Park or get to know the park a bit better?Meet members of the Hunters Hill Trust in front of the Boronia Park grandstand, corner of Park Road and Ryde Road for a guided walk.  Walk will finish before midday.

casuarinaPLEASE RSVP:  MAUREENF@FAIRFAXBM.COM

  1. The park’s sensitive bushland and core habitat areas must be protected
  2. Any new buildings or car parks must only be located along the road perimeter NOT inside the park
  3. The Grandstand should be upgraded with improved access and community use
  4. The plan should ensure equitable multi-use activities
  5. There should be no exclusive arrangements through special leases or licenses
  6. The lighting should be adjusted to only illuminate the playing fields and not the surrounding streets and houses.