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Tours & Events

Heritage Venture hosts regular tour experiences from village explorations to river cruises and historical meanders in the bush. 

Our tours range from half day to full tours, 'tag along' adventures and weekend tours.

Join us on our hidden histories tours to the lesser known places and stories with expert guides and local knowledge holders.

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Clay Hill 
and Beyond

10 September 2023

Adventure into the bush slopes behind 'Sunnyview Estate' Spencer. Gymea lily and banksia woodland lead onto a ridge top of angophoras and grass trees framing river views of Mangrove Creek. We walk through eriostemons, wedding bush and pea flowers exploring sandstone caves and overhangs. Looking across to Wendoree Park and NeverFail hear about the forgotten histories of these tiny settlements. 

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Mexican Day of the Dead


4 November 2023

Celebrating and inviting the dead - a moment to remember and honor the past. Stories and music from another time - who was here and why. Be fabulous Mexican Day of the Dead style. Skulls, skeletons, and yarns from the graveside.

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Australian Moths and Butterflies Watercolours
 
10 March 2024

Join us for a fun and exciting watercolour workshop celebrating

Australia’s own fluttery butterflies and moths. Under the expert guidance of artist and designer Leonie Loewe you’ll learn some cool, creative and fun techniques to paint these alluring creatures. You'll leave with a myriad of new skills even if you've never picked up a paintbrush before. All equipment, morning tea and lunch provided.

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History Afloat
Kayaking Pumpkin Creek
 
17 Feb 2024

Kayak the mysterious mangrove edged tributary known as Pumpkin Point Creek. Only accessible by small craft when the tide is right. Launching from Spencer catch glimpses of sea eagles, fishing cormorants and herons along the way. Gliding by twisted red gums and weathered rock ledges we pull in for lunch at the ruins of an abandoned homestead and hear historical tales of this remote area. Double kayaks, all gear morning tea and lunch provided.

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Fish of the Hawkesbury 
in Watercolours

29 September 2023

Enjoy a day of water colours at the Hawkesbury Duck in Spencer. Get to know the creatures of our local and Australian waters with artist and designer Leonie Loewe. Painting from a beautiful fish illustration learn techniques of texture and shading and how to turn this into a finished fishy watercolour. Hawkesbury marine stories + watercolour workshop. Morning tea, lunch and all materials provided.

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History High Tales 


 2 December 2023

Join us for morning tea and historic conversations. Tea with flair and vintage. Christmas gifts for sale. 

Talks from local ceramic artists, demonstrations and crafts for purchase.

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Up High Over Spencer
 
24 March 2024

Adventure into the bush slopes behind Spencer village. With unique access we investigate fern-filled valleys, caves, and the indentations of rushing creeks. Passing through hanging swamps we view history from on high reimagining Dyarrubin 100 years ago, at first contact, and beyond into deep time. Evidence of the original custodians are written across and into this rich and sustaining landscape.

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The Mysteries 
of Mullet island
 
tbc November 2024

David Reynolds, local historian and President of the Dangar Island Historical Society takes us on an insiders tour of Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River. Starting with a ferry ride to the island on a restored heritage boat, the tour explores the rich indigenous and colonial histories - from evidence of Guringai occupation to Gov. Authur Phillip's search for arable land in 1788. Lunch at waterside cafe and visit to summit for Hawkesbury River views.

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Mailman Track:
Mt Olive and Ironbark

15 October 2023

All day adventure exploring the bridle bush tracks of the mailman's route - Ironbark catchment to Mt Olive with side trip to Donovan's Forest. Visiting rare volcanic diatreme forest, sandstone overhangs and passing through 'the eye of the needle'. On the way we hear stories of life for the creek dwellers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Physical evidence of an older culture can be seen in tessellated platform engravings along the track.

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Red Hands and Birds Eye Creeks Tour

tbc 2024

Join us on an exclusive tour in the natural habitat of a number of vulnerable species of Hawkesbury river tributaries. We travel up spurs through lush forest to strands of rare biconvex paperbark and locations where the noisy pitta bird and the Sydney rock warbler have been seen. Visit red hands creek & the site of the elusive giant burrowing frog. Billy tea on route through regrowth forest once logged for orange groves and now the home of these rare wonders.

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The Secrets of
Dubbo Gully
 
tbc August 2024

Explore the historical remains of Dubbo Gully when Mangrove Creek was a thriving community with wharves, inns and slab homes. Gain insight into the past at St Thomas' Cemetery and visit Fairview to hear about the experience of growing up in the area and the campaign to save the last remaining homestead. We will visit the original road from Sydney to the cast and hear about the haunted 'inn of the Damned'

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The Caves 
of Kulnura
 
tbc 2024

Visit to the caves, overhangs and sandstone hills around Basalt Hill and Kulnura. 

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

1. Bookings can be made online, by telephone or in person at the office, The Hawkesbury Duck.

2. Cancellation and Refunds. There are no refunds if the cancellation is made by you. We reserve the right to cancel a tour for any reason and a full refund will be provided.

 

3. COVID-19. For the safety of all participants in our tours and our staff, tour leaders and tour managers, it is a condition of travel on all of our tours, day tours, festivals that all participants adhere to NSW Government Health Regulations. 

4. Fitness to participate. Most of our tours require a moderate level of fitness. This requires fitness to undertake walking tours of 2-3 hours duration, including using bush tracks, walking over rough stones and other uneven surfaces. Certain tours will require an above moderate or challenging level of fitness.

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