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The Wonders of Australia


17 to 21 January 2022

There’s never been a better time to explore your own backyard. Learn about the wonders of Australia with a program of history, art, travel and cultural sessions.

Buckle up your armchair for this staycation.

The Wonders of Australia

Registration is free. Once registered, you will receive access to all 9 Summer School sessions on Zoom.*

Registrations close Friday 14th January 2022

What’s On

Understanding Aboriginality, Identity and Diversity with Rob Hyatt

17 January 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
As education and visitor manager of Koorie Heritage Trust, Rob will discuss the diversity of Aboriginal Victoria and Australia through Aboriginality from a traditional perspective and the impact of history on this

On Two Feet – Great Walks in our Country with John Stone

17 January 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join John, an avid bush walker who loves to discover great trails. He will be taking us to the Flinders Ranges Hans Heysen trail and parts of WA including the Pilbara.

Melbourne, the Great Metropolis of the Southern Hemisphere with Peter Newbury

18 January 2022 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Discover the history of ‘Melbourne, the Great Metropolis of the Southern Hemisphere, 1855-1875’  presented by Peter Newbury.

Victorian Silo Art Trail and Vivid Sydney with Sharon Carter

18 January 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Explore Australia’s largest outdoor gallery, a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos. Then an onward journey to a festival of light in Australia's famous harbour town - Vivid Sydney.

The Spectacular Kimberley with Russell Huntington and Amanda Fenwick

19 January 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Escaping from lockdown to a 14 day self-drive adventure. Travelling North from Broome through Fitzroy Crossing, the Bungle Bungle, Kununurra and El Questro before the 700 kilometre unsealed splendour of the Gibb River.

The Goldfields Track: Ballarat to Bendigo with David McCrae

19 January 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
From Mount Buninyong to the Alexandra Fountain in Bendigo: each day with a surprise from when Victoria produced three tonnes of gold a week, and Australia was the richest country in the world.

Country Houses & Gardens of Victoria with Kenneth Park

20 January 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
A journey across Victoria to see examples of some of our finest historic and architecturally interesting houses and gardens including Purrumbete in Camperdown and Werribee Park.

Tasmanian Wilderness with Amanda Fenwick

20 January 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tasmania’s wild and beautiful landscape offers both walking and cruising. It also has impressive arts and cultural scenes, quality food and wines, making an attractive holiday destination.

Journeys Inspired By Australian Landscape Art with Susie May

21 January 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Discover how artists, past and present, have evoked the spirit of Australian landscapes, from barren deserts to tropical rainforests and dramatic mountainous terrains to gentle coastlines, in such different ways.

Happy Hour with Australian Wines – Docklands

21 January 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us at the end of the week to celebrate the conclusion of Summer School, at Docklands Library Community Hub (members-only event)

You can also view recordings of past Summer School webinars here.