Garden Island Naval Base 5 September

Tour of Garden Island Naval Base (max 20)

Thursday 5 September at 9:30

In 1788 the Captain of HMS Sirius ordered men to plant onions and corn on an island to feed the crew. The men planted the garden and carved their initials and the year into nearby rocks. Today Garden Island is 5 times the original size and has been joined to the mainland in the second biggest engineering feat in Australia. It has historic buildings dating from the late 1800s, a dry dock, historic trees and probably the earliest tennis courts in Australia. It is a working naval base and is full of interesting relics. We’ll be issued with passes before taking a Defence bus to go and view a 15- minute introductory video. After that we’ll go on a walking tour (1 hour and 45 minutes), and then visit the shop run by the Naval Historical Society.

Meet at Garden Island Main Gate Cowper Wharf Roadway Potts Point at 9:30
Bus 311 from QVB to Potts Point, alight at meeting point at 9.30 Cowper Wharf Roadway, opposite Wyld Street.

Requirements: hat, sensible footwear, sunglasses and bottled water. Participants need to be reasonably fit, as there are stairs and uneven surfaces unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues.

Cost: $30 per person (no refunds), payable in advance by eftpos. Payment details disclosed when booking.

Bookings essential and only from 9am sharp Monday 12 August. First come, first served, with priority given to members who provide telephone number, membership number and expiry date when booking. Email bookings only: Beatrice Scheepers 0402 969 004 (enquiries only)

Organised by Beatrice Scheepers City and Inner West Region