Itinerary Field Trip 1 (3 – 7 March, 2010)

This itinerary has been compiled as a result of a Field Study Survey (conducted by John Reid, m 0416 249 090; <[email protected]> which took place from 3 – 6 February, 2010) and consultations with intending Field Study participants on 19th and 25th February at the ANU School of Art.

Location maps from Google maps <> have been included. These can be used as reference for searching google maps directly. A suggested search location has been included under each map.

17  ANU SoA artists have registered 9 artists will be staying at the Hawkesbury Riverside Tourist Park in cabin/house accommodation. Consent from Park management has been given for the 5 campers to camp at the Park. The group will now be concentrated in one location. It will not be necessary to establish camps at Catti National Park.

Day I (Wednesday 3 March) Summary: Depart SoA for base accommodation in the Windsor/Richmond area of the Western Sydney Region. En route view intensive urbanisation at Harrington Park and West Hoxton. Briefing (Tony Capon, Jane Dixon, David Mason) and picnic style lunch overlooking a contested landscape near Leppington. Proceed to accommodation. An optional preliminary Field Study group meeting in the evening at the Hawkesbury Riverside Tourist Park ‘common room’.

Pack vehicles / trailer 8.00am Depart 8.30 am School of Art, Wednesday 3 March. Destination is accommodation in the Windsor / Richmond area of the Western Sydney Region. Pack road-side lunch.

Harrington Park Proceed Hume highway to Harrington Park near Camden for example of intensive urbanisation in the Western Sydney Region.

Turn left from Hume Highway into Narellen Road; turn right into Camden Valley Way; turn left for a drive through Harrington Park. Exit to Camden Valley Way turn left toward Leppington. See photographs and map below.

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Housing, Harrington Park.

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Click here to view a google map of Harrington Park NSW

Briefing and Lunch at Trig Point beside Bingelly Rd over looking contested landscape to Carnes Hill and West Hoxton. Tony Capon/Jane Dixon/David Mason (one or all) to conduct briefing. See photographs and map below.

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Trig Point on LHS of Bringelly Rd. See map below. Park in Warren’s front yard. See photo below. Veer left from Camden Valley Road into Cowpasture Rd. At ‘T’ intersection, turn right into Bringelly Rd. Proceed 200 metres up hill to parking area in Warren’s front yard on LHS of road.  A commanding view of urban encroachment (Carnes Hill and West Hoxton). Bring food and drinks, hat, camera etc).

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Contested landscape. View to Carnes Hill and West Hoxton

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Parking area in Warren’s front yard (adjacent to Trig Point), Bringelly Rd.

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Google Maps <>. Search ‘Cowpasture Road’ and navigate from there.

Drive through West Hoxton After briefing and lunch, proceed to drive through West Hoxton then on to Hume H’way, Cumberland Highway (7) toward Windsor / Richmond area. See photographs and map below.

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Housing, West hoxton

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Google Maps <>. Search ‘West Hoxton’

Proceed to Accommodation

Hawkesbury Riverside Tourist Park

505 Pitt Town Bottoms Road
Hawkesbury Valley
Pitt Town NSW 2756

Tel: 02 4572 3733

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Google Maps <>. Search ‘Windsor’ and navigate from there.

There is a Google map on Hawkesbury Riverside Tourist Park website

Day 2 (Thursday 4 March) Summary: Introduction and orientation to the original Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail (See <>). Meetings/briefings (food security)/eatings from Hawkesbury Farm Gaters as we traverse a good section of the Trail intersecting with the Hawkesbury Artist Trail near where Streeton painted ‘Purple Noon’s Transparent Might’. Visit to three potential venues for gallery exhibition later in the year of artwork that is informed and inspired by the Study. Presentation/discussion from Ferne Edwards at Hawkesbury Riverside Tourist Park ‘common room’ in the evening.

9.30 am Convene at Enniskillen Orchard, Grose Vale Road. Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail Orientation.  Briefing – John Maguire, Enniskillen Orchard / Alan Eagle. Secretary, Hawkwsbury Harvest. Morning Tea/Coffee. See photographs and map below.

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Orchard stall

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John Maguire, Enniskillen Orchard

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Ferne Edwards, Leo Robba, Alan Eagle, John Gaguire converse on the stall deck, Enniskillen Orchard. Venue for Briefing and Morning Tea/Coffee.

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View from stall deck.

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View from stall deck.

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Google Maps <>. Search ‘Grose Vale Road’

Proceed to Kurrajong, Bells Line of Road, to visit Sassafras Creek Gallery. See photographs below. Purchase take-away lunch (if required) to eat at next stop (Shields Orchard)

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Sassafras Creek Gallery, Kurrajong.

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Interior view, Sassafras Creek Gallery.

Proceed to Shields Orchard, 2270 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin. Briefing: Bill Shields, Chair, Hawkesbury Harvest. Lunch in orchard. See photographs below.

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Bill Shields, Shields Orchard

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Hear Bill’s account of the ‘Julia’ apple

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Ferne, Alan, Leo and Bill

Proceed back toward Windsor. Next stop is the Streeton Lookout (No9) on the Hawkesbury Artist Trail. Turn off Bells Line of Road at North Richmond onto Terrace Road. See photographs below.

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Streeton Lookout, Terrace Road, Freemans Reach

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View from lookout, near where Streeton painted ‘The Purple Noon’s Transparent Might’ (1896)

Proceed further down Terrace Road to Purple Noon Gallery. See photographs below.

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Purple Noon Art, Sculpture and Framing Gallery, Terrace Road, Freemans Reach

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Ferne, Robyn Willians, Gallery Director, and Alan.

Proceed to Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor. Afternoon Tea/Coffee. Photograph below.

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Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 1st Floor, Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor.

Proceed to Yarramundi Lane, via Visitor Information Centre, Richmond. Visit Penrith Valley Orchard and Riverview Produce. See Photographs below.

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Farm Gate, Penrith Valley Orchard

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Penrith Valley Orchard view to Hawkesbury River

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Shed, Penrith Valley Orchard, birthplace of the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail.

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Farm gate, Riverview Produce.

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Hydroponics, Riverside Produce

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Produce, Riverside Produce.

8.oo pm Ferne Edwards, Hawkesbury Riverside Tourist Park ‘common room’. Presentation /Discussion

Day 3 (Friday 5 March) Summary: Sarah James, Feeding Sydney Research Project Officer, will refer to her PhD research on market garden food production in Western Sydney in a special presentation at UWS, Richmond campus. Early lunch in Richmond then by train to Redfern/Chippendale to meet Michael Mobbs to see and hear about the exceptional community roadside gardens that have been established. Visit a potential Field Study gallery venue nearby. Friday evening drinks in the park. Eat locally.  Return to Richmond by train.

9.30 am Convene at University of Western Sydney Campus, Richmond.

Venue: Building M15, Room G23.

Briefing: Sarah James, Feeding Sydney Research Project Officer. See photograph below.

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Sarah James (Left) and Ferne Edwards in discussion at University of Western Sydney Urban Research Unit, Parramatta.

Lunch in Richmond.

Take train from Richmond to Redfern

12.10 pm from Richmond Station arrive Redfern Station 1.34 pm

Proceed to Myrtle Street, Chippendale.

Briefing: 2.00 – 3 .oo pm Michael Mobbs, Roadside Community Gardens. See photographs below.

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Myrtle Street, Chippendale, road side community gardens.

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Pine Street, Chippendale, road side community garden

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Community garden sign

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Michael Mobbs explains the community garden initiative

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Tony Capon, Ferne Edwards and Michael Mobbs

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Community compost station

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Outback plant

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Michael Mobbs in his back yard with chickens and native bees.

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Pine Street Creative Arts Centre. Potential exhibition venue in nearby Pine Street

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Michael and Ferne, interior Pine Street Creative Arts Centre

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Interior, Pine Street Creative Arts Centre

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Interior, Pine Street Creative Arts Centre

Evening meal in Chippendale (possibly the ‘Duck and Swan’ Hotel for large group). To be arranged.

Return train to Richmond:

8.01 pm from Redfern arrives Richmond 9.24 pm

8.31 pm from Redfern arrives Richmond 9.54 pm

9.01 pm from Redfern arrives Richmond 10.24 pm

9.31 pm from Redfern arrives Richmond 10.52 pm

Day 4 (Saturday 6 March) Summary: Nothing organised on a group basis. Opportunity for artists to explore personal interests arising from the previous three days. Could convene Field Study group meeting in evening.

Individual arrangements.

Day 5 (Sunday 7 March) Summary: Opportunity in the morning for the enterprising artist to undertake personal research. Pack-up and return to Canberra to arrive SoA mid to late afternoon.

Return to Canberra.

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See you on Field Trip 1. Cheers, John.


  1. Dan Scollay

    Roadside garden’s in Redfern look wonderful John! Have a great day.

  2. Fran

    Great job on the computer here! Am enjoying the project, and look foreward to continuing participation. cheers John, and team

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