AAA 2016 Post-Conference Tours

All tours must be booked during the online registration process. Guests, including children, are welcome to attend.

Here you can find information about the following tours:

The Riverboat Postman-Hawkesbury River Tour

Guided Tour of Bulgandry Aboriginal site, Kariong

A day tour (Kulnura area) of an Archaeological / Aboriginal site (including lunch at Noonaweena)


The Riverboat Postman-Hawkesbury River Tour

Date: Friday 9th December 2016
Time: 8.00am – 3.00pm
Cost: $85.00

A minimum number of 19 attendees is required for this tour to proceed.

Come cruising on the Hawkesbury Mail Boat, the famous Riverboat Postman, and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the lower Hawkesbury River delivering the mail and other essentials (the odd bottle of whiskey or rum…) to the river-access-only settlements upriver from Brooklyn.

Morning tea served on arrival, with percolated coffee, hot tea, and delicious home-made ANZAC biscuits.

Lunch is served around midday, and consists of a very Aussie Ploughman’s-style plate with shaved ham, tasty cheese, tomato, zucchini, carrot, mixed lettuce, pickled onions, fresh Turkish Bread roll, pickles, fruit chutney, butter & Italian dressing.

All our boats are fully licensed, so you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer, or a soft drink, with your lunch. Water is always available at the bar.


8:00     Depart Crown Plaza Terrigal

10:00   Riverboat departure

1:15       Riverboat return

3:00      Return to Crown Plaza Terrigal

Guided Tour of Bulgandry Aboriginal site, Kariong

Date: Friday 9th December 2016
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Cost: $85.00

A minimum number of 11 attendees is required for this tour to proceed.

Bulgandry Aboriginal art site in Brisbane Water National Park is a special landscape, rich in ancient Aboriginal rock art. There’s a wide range of well-preserved engravings to see; most of them are more than 200 years old with many perhaps ten times that age.

The name Bulgandry belongs to the large engraving of a man thought to represent an ancestral hero, depicted with an impressive headdress.

Somersby Falls picnic area is the perfect place to escape from everyday life. Enjoy your meal amidst lush rainforest that feels a million miles away but in reality is so close to home.

It’s a great place to picnic, with free barbecues and picnic tables and plenty of space to set up your own rug and chairs. Whether you picnic under the shade of tall trees at the far end of the carpark or next to Floods creek before it descends over the cascades, you’re bound to see a bird or two. Make sure you look out for the industrious brush turkeys that might be keen on sharing your lunch.

When you’ve enjoyed a tasty barbecue and feel like stretching your legs, try the Somersby Falls walking track. It’s a 500m return walk through rainforest that takes in views of the top and bottom waterfalls. The walk is steep and slippery in places, so keep an eye on the kids as they walk along the track.


9.30    Depart Crown Plaza Terrigal


4.00    Return to Crowne Plaza Terrigal

A day tour (Kulnura area) of an Archaeological / Aboriginal site (including lunch at Noonaweena)

Date: Friday 9th December 2016
Time: 8.00am – 3.30pm
Cost: $100.00
Moderate level of fitness required

A minimum number of 17 attendees is required for this tour to proceed.

The tour departs Crown Plaza Terrigal 8am with an hour drive to Bucketty and Mt Manning via Kulnura (George Down Drive).

Arrive at Mogo Creek camp site on Old North Road within Yengo National Park for morning tea and toilet break.

From the camp site it’s only a 15 min drive back along Old North Road and down a National park track, where we will stop and park the cars.

From the cars it will be a 20-30 min bush walk through Mangrove Creek Catchment. The walk is not difficult although a moderate level of fitness is required. Access to the site requires negotiating our way through a steep but short slope.

The pigment art site has been studied by both Val Attenbrow and Jillian Huntley who will both give talks about their studies of the site. Val has extensively studied Mangrove Creek Catchment and published a number of papers (More info on the site to come)

From the site we return to the cars where we will take a 10-15 min drive back to Noonaweena for a buffet lunch overlooking scenic Mangrove Creek Catchment and Culturally significant Mount Yengo.

Darkinjung Aboriginal /Archaeological Site tour Kulnura,


8:00        Depart Crowne Plaza Terrigal

9:00        Morning Tea & Smoking Ceremony, Mogo Creek Camp Site.

9:30        Depart

9:45        Arrive at access track to Site

10:00     Depart track– 30 min Walk

10:30     Arrive at Dingo & Horned Anthropomorph Site

11:30     Depart site- 30 min Walk

12:00     Arrive back at access track

12:15     Depart

1:05        Lunch-Noonaweena

2:30        Depart Noonaweena

3:30        Arrive Crowne Plaza Terrigal