Fort Denison is a heritage fort on a Sydney Harbour island, once called Pinchgut. This former military site is the most complete Martello Tower in the world and a popular Sydney attraction. Fort Denison is currently closed for maintenance and conservation works.
Amazing heritage experiences
Step back in time to the gold rush days on a self-guided walking tour through Hill End Historic Site, or learn about the convicts who constructed Old Great North Road in Dharug National Park. Visit Sydney’s Barrenjoey Lighthouse, built in 1881 from sandstone quarried on-site, or set out by 4WD to Yerranderie Private Town to experience what a real ghost town feels like. These and other amazing heritage experiences await you in NSW national parks.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse stands at Barrenjoey Head at Palm Beach on Sydney's northern beaches. Built in 1881, this heritage lighthouse is an iconic Sydney attraction.
The historic Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, at the northern end of Myall Lakes National Park not far from Forster offers coastal views and is a top spot for whale watching.
Innes Ruins at Lake Innes Nature Reserve, near Port Macquarie, is a great place to learn more about early European settlement history in NSW.
For a glimpse into Australian history, head to South West Rocks to explore the historic ruins of Trial Bay Gaol. Make sure you see the view from the sentry’s lookout.
At this early mining settlement you can explore a NSW ghost town that’s been lovingly preserved, with many relics remaining. It’s also a great area to go 4WD touring.
Discover life during the gold rush at Hill End Historic Site. Explore heritage buildings and mine relics. You can camp out or stay in heritage accommodation.
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Valentines mine is a short drive from Hill End’s town centre. When you visit, you’ll find out about Australia’s reef mining history.
Old Great North Road – World Heritage walk highlights a historic convict-built road with scenic river views, via Finchs Line, in Dharug National Park.