Join Historians and Cooks River people around the gardens, park and river landscape to hear stories about the owners of Tempe House and the unusual trees on Mt Olympus. Be entertained by demonstrations of a heritage wooden skiff and the histories of the river, take a tour of the community gardens and find out how to keep native bees as pets.   



Eucalyptus Branch

Hear about the original Eucalypus trees and heritage plantings

Stuart Read

Plants and the Landscape Setting of Mt.Olympus

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Learn about John Verge, the most fashionable architect of Sydney’s colonial period who designed Tempe House. 

Ross Berry

The Architecture of Tempe House

Gain advice and insights on locally listed heritage houses - when they need approval, when they can get an exemption, maintenance tips, alterations and additions, what’s acceptable etc.

Louise Thom, Bayside Council Heritage Advisor

Heritage Listed Houses - What's Involved?

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See demonstrations of a wooden rowing skiff made by Ian Smith, the President of the Australian Historical Sailing Skiff Association.

Ian and Trish Smith

Heritage Boating

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See a demonstration of Australian Native Stingless Bees 

Tanya Excell of Green Roofs Australasia 

Celebration of Native Bees

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Learn about the lifestyle and society of the original owners of Tempe House

St George Historical Society

Life in the Time of Brodie Spark


Tours of the Discovery Point Community Garden with the locals and residents and learn about environmentally sustainable gardening. 

Discovery Point Community Garden Group 

Communal Garden


You are invited on an exploration of the social history of Tempe House and Arncliffe

St Peters Cooks River History Group

Tempe House History

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Learn about water sensitive cities and what projects are restoring river health. See demonstrations of a miniature model of the Cooks River catchment and learn what you can do to help the river today. 

Cooks River Alliance

The Future of the Cooks River

Pop-up presentations are included in the General Entry ticket

Contact Us

Historic Houses Association of Australia Limited
1A Carthona Avenue, Darling Point,

NSW, 2027     02 9252 5554

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