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Welcome Everyone

As the caretaker of extraordinary places on the World’s Best Harbour, we have a duty to share their unique stories with the widest possible audience, make them easily accessible and promote them as sources of exploration and discovery.

This has involved delivering regular tours and seasonal programs that cater for all ages, interests and personalities – from history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts through to families and seniors clubs. It has also involved delivering events that recognise and celebrate the cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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Overcoming Obstacles

One of the obstacles to people engaging with our extraordinary places has been the tyranny of distance. Another has been that some areas of our lands are inaccessible to people with low mobility owing to restrictions arising from their natural and heritage value.

With the help of Macquarie University, we’re seeking to empower people who live in geographically remote areas to experience our harbour gems. In 2018, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Macquarie Lightstation, the institution developed an immersive virtual reality tour that uses cutting-edge 3D technology to enable people to discover this special place remotely. Already, we are exploring opportunities to create similar experiences for our other landmarks.

More recently, we sought to empower older Australians to experience Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Convict Precinct. Our Accessible Tours included assistance for those with low mobility, enabling them to reach the upper island for an exclusive talk set within the island’s former penal establishment. We continue to explore new ways to maximise public access to our extraordinary places.
Ultimately, by pursuing unique experiences for all people, we’ll ensure our visitor destinations are widely spoken of in the same breath as the world’s best harbour.

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