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Area History Tours

Brooklyn, Australia
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HISTORY FERRY TOURS OF BROKEN BAY/ ​HAWKESBURY RIVER and the BRISBANE WATER on the NSW CENTRAL COAST. Cruise on magnificent waterways framed by stunning national parks, a voyage through 250 years of Australian history. Each historic place visited and the story told is a window to nationally significant events. Morning tea is complimentary and onboard the boat. There are 2 toilets available onboard. Broken Bay/Hawkesbury River tour departs Brooklyn 9.35 am returning at 12.45 pm, can pick up by arrangement at Patonga, Central Coast at 9 am, and returns 1 pm. Brisbane Water/Central Coast tour departs Woy Woy wharf at 9.35 am and returns 12.45 pm.
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jjones76b wrote a review Jun. 2019
Sydney, Australia95 contributions42 helpful votes
Today I went with 22 others from a local Probus group and what a great day. We went to Patonga to catch the boat and then crushed to Brooklyn to pick up others who came in by Hawksbury River railway station. Our host was a Mr Peter Rea who provided an outstanding commentary on the history of the various areas we passed. Discussions on WW1 and WW2 and how important the bridge was to build to connect Australia by rail. So much history. Excellent photos and videos and dioramas provided by Mr Rea on large screen while we cruised around the waters. We had.a break for coffee and stopped for a comfort break (although amenities were onboard). Afterwards we finished up at Patonga and had lunch at local hotel opposite the wharf - food was high quality. The cruise tour about 4 hours. An outstanding day. Contact details are 4hresearch.com and 0438417739. You won't be disappointed!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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sh48au wrote a review Aug. 2018
Bolton Point13 contributions5 helpful votes
This ferry tour was both enjoyable and highly informative. Peter, who presented the talk was entertaining, passionate about our history and so knowledgeable. I learnt so much about our efforts during WW2 and the history of the railway. A must do tour for everyone as we are taught so little about our history. All who went with our Probus group found this tour excellent and would like to do the Brisbane Waters River Ferry Tour soon.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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lifeofreilly12 wrote a review Nov. 2017
Sydney, Australia3 contributions2 helpful votes
This ferry tour explores the maritime history of the Broken Bay are of the Central Coast from Patonga to Brooklyn. Peter Rea, an extremely knowledgeable local history expert, gives a very professional and detailed history of the magnificent waterways fro early colonisation to the current day. His research into shipping, wrecks and the invasion of Japanese submarines during WW11 is extensive and is supported by a detailed digital record of original photographs and documents. His accompanying delivery is informative and organised, as well as providing glimpses of real lives of the times. I would highly recommend this to any history buffs and anyone with an interest in the local area. It is a very pleasant way to spend a few hours with like-minded people, Morning tea is provided.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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