Canberra’s history comes alive these school holidays

Released 09/07/2018

It’s time to head outdoors these school holidays with the Canberra Tracks app and explore some of Canberra’s most historic and iconic sites.

“The Canberra Tracks app uses augmented reality technology to bring heritage sites and trails across the nation’s capital to life with detailed video, audio and images guiding locals and visitors on a journey into the lives of Canberra’s early inhabitants,” said Minister for Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman.

“The free app provides a valuable reference and introduction to the rich history found in Canberra’s own backyard, including sites such as Kambah Homestead or the foothills of Black Mountain.

“Featuring eight self-drive routes, Canberra Tracks offers a unique and educative way to enjoy a walk, bike ride or weekend drive through places where Aboriginal people and early settlers have inhabited thousands of years before – and who can resist exploring a churchyard with personal stories at St John’s and Queanbeyan’s Riverside Cemetery.

“Discover Limestone Plains, a land explored and colonised by convicts and free immigrants. This track explores the land colonised by European convicts and visits many historic sites including Blundell’s Cottage, the last small farmhouse standing in central Canberra.

“Throughout the suburbs there are many blocks left vacant that have stories to tell. Learn about Belconnen’s early life with an unmarked burial ground, various homesteads or a former naval transmitting station,” Minister Gentleman concluded.

For more information on heritage trails and the Canberra Tracks app visit the Canberra Tracks website The Canberra Tracks app can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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