A Weekend in Hill End & Carcoar 20 - 22 March 2010

OVERVIEW

Please join me for a weekend in HILL END & CARCOAR – the towns that time forgot! We’ll take the train to Lithgow and then our private guide/coach will take us to an historic village to explore and create art before arriving at our destination early Friday evening.  Saturday will be a day long visit to Sofala and Hill End.  

Carcoar


ABOUT CARCOAR

This 19th-century village, 258 km west of Sydney, was one of the most important government centres in NSW. With buildings on both banks of the Belubula River, the township is classified by the National Trust and in 2006 the population totalled 218 people.

George Evans was the first European surveyor to travel through the area in 1815 and the public school which opened in 1857 is one of the oldest continuous schools in Australia. The first bank robbery in Australia was in Carcoar in 1863 when Johnny Gilbert and John O’Meally led by Ben Hall held up the Commercial Bank.

This is the site of Australia’s first documented uranium deposit; in the mid-1860s Carcoar declined when gold was discovered further to the west. 

Historic Carcoar 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Friday 20th March

8.48am depart by Blue Mountains train from Central Station, Sydney
11.17am alight Lithgow

Transfer by private coach (approx 1 hour) for an afternoon of exploration and en plein air artwork in an historical village  (e.g.Tea Pot Swamp aka Moorilda).  The destination is weather  dependent.

Continue late afternoon to Carcoar for our weekend accommodation.


Saturday 21st March

Depart after breakfast by private coach to historic Sofala and Hill End for an adventurous day.

Late afternoon return to Carcoar for dinner and perhaps to the pub to converse with the locals.

 

Sunday 22nd March

Leisurely brunch outdoors if the weather is good and a relaxing morning at our accommodation or explore this unique town before departing for the mid afternoon train from Lithgow to Sydney.  If there is an interesting exhibition at Bathurst Regional Gallery we will visit en route.

TOUR INFO

INCLUDED

  • accommodation and all meals
  • (please notify dietary requirements at time of booking)
  • en plein air art sessions
  • transport by private coach/driver

NOT INCLUDED

  • Day 1: train Syd-Lithgow ($2.50 senior)
  • Day 3: train Lithgow-Syd ($2.50 senior).

Carcoar station

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • casual clothing
  • sensible walking shoes
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen,
  • toiletries
  • art materials – your choice
  • (optional) portable seat for plein air work

Carcoar house & church

 

ACCOMMODATION

Our accommodation and meals are in the welcoming Shalom retreat. Built in 1874 and 1870 respectively, the old convent/boarding school (St. Joseph’s Mount) is now a house of retreat with single bedrooms and shared bathrooms.

Wake to fresh scents of the valley, native bird song and pleasant views of the town and surrounding hills.

Visit the Shalom Retreat website here.

Shalom Retreat

PRICE

$750 per person 

 

Carcoar

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