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Hawkesbury River - Deep and Wide Water

Milson Island, Hawkesbury River
16 – 18 March 2018

Density + Community - Deerubbin 2018


we have yet to finalise the line-up of speakers for 2018


This event has differentiated itself from the big impersonal architecture conferences, where participants often end up 'hanging out' with their friends, do not meet other people, and never see the guest speakers who are whisked off to VIP events.

The 'all together' residential weekend format has ensured that all participants stay together and get a chance to meet each other and the guest speakers.

The Architecture Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that has, since 2001, presented the annual Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class, now attended by participants from over 80 countries. The Foundation has also presented an annual Architecture Student Summer School since 2005, and Master Classes in the Blue Mountains, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Chile, and USA.  It has toured the exhibition ‘Glenn Murcutt – architecture for place’ in Australia and internationally to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Scotland, Slovenia and the USA, and has toured an exhibition of the works of Glenn Murcutt around Australia, and to Taipei, Vienna, Ljubljana, Brussels, Helsinki, Montreal, Glasgow and Phoenix. 

Download Hampson Laverty Thong Review

Download Rod Simpson Review

Link to Chris Freeburn, Ironbark, Review

In 2016 we succeeded in filling the island accommodation to its 150 person capacity.



Friday 16 March

13.30 - Ferry pick up -  Brooklyn Hawkesbury River Station
14.00 - Ferry pick up Kangaroo Point Wharf
15.00 - Arrive Milson Island
16.00 - Welcome Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison (if available) 
17.30 - Drinks
18.30 - Dinner
20.00 - Speaker 1 Keynote

Saturday 17 March (St.Patrick's Day ! )

07.00 - Explore the Island
08.00 - Breakfast
09.00 - Speaker 2 
10.00 - Speaker 3 
11.00 - Break
11.45 - Speaker 4 
13.00 - Lunch
14.00 - Speaker 5 
15.00 - Break
15.30 - Speaker 6 Keynote 
18.00 - Drinks
19.00 - Dinner

Event – Scotland Island Blues band (if available) – music and dancing?

Sunday 18 March

08.00 - Breakfast
09.30 - Speaker 7 
10.30 - Break
11.00 - Speaker 9 
12.45 - Lunch
14.15 - Ferry depart Milson Island
14.45 - Drop off Kangaroo Point
15.15 - Drop off Brooklyn Hawkesbury River Station

Lindsay Johnston will be convener and raconteur for the program


By train Newcastle Central Coast Line (check timetable for current times and check for track works)

  • Ferry depart Brooklyn Wharf, Hawkesbury River Station, Friday 13.30, return Sunday 15.15.
  • Friday from Sydney train from Central Station to Hawkesbury River
  • Sunday from Hawkesbury River to Central Station Sydney
  • Friday from Hamilton (Newcastle), arrive Hawkesbury River
  • Sunday from Hawkesbury River change at Gosford or Wyong arrive Hamilton (Newcastle)

By road Newcastle Freeway M1 (F3) or Old Pacific Highway

  • Ferry departs Kangaroo Point Ferry Wharf, Friday  14.00, returns Sunday 14.45
  • From Sydney take M1 (F3) northbound, take Mooney Mooney exit just north of Hawkesbury River bridge, go under freeway to Old Pacific Highway, then right and back south over old road bridge, then Kangaroo Point is first road on left, signposted.
  • From the north, take M1 (F3) and take Mooney Mooney exit just after the 90kph speed limit zone and go right over the old road bridge, then Kangaroo Point is first road on left, signposted.