Schmooze Outing Group

Our Schmooze Outing Group is for anyone of any age, both members and non-members, who is interested in meeting and interacting with other like-minded people.

We visit Museums, Galleries, Gardens, Historic houses/buildings, plus more!  Outings are four times a year and are usually from around 10:00am to 3:30pm.

The cost of each outing includes transport, lunch, and entry fees. Subsidies MAY be available upon request.

For more information, please contact Gail Fox

Our Next Outing

Thursday 28 June 2018

Elizabeth Bay House and S.H. Ervin Gallery

Meet 10.00am sharp at NSTE.  (Please note there is limited parking available onsite due to renovations.)

Expected return time at 3:30pm approx.

LUNCH:  In the cafe attached to this Gallery.
COST:    Includes bus transport, museum entries and guides, lunch -

NSTE members: $50     Visitors: $55


NOTE: There won't be too much walking and it will all be on level ground. Please advise any dietary requirements when booking. After booking, please contact the office on 9419 7011 to provide your “Myagedcare” number.

More details about the destinations:

In 1835 Colonial Secretary, Alexander Macleay, set about building the ultimate trophy house - a classical styled jewel box, perched in rugged bushland on the north side of present day Potts Point, and high above Elizabeth Bay. It was once the finest house in the colony, set in an extravagant garden; it tells a familiar Sydney story of ambition and passion over-stretched, and of riches to ruin! Come with us on a guided tour and see and hear the stories.


This Gallery is housed in the historic National Trust Centre on Observatory Hill, The Rocks. The art exhibition we shall visit is the “Salon des Refuses 2018” - this is the ALTERNATIVE Archibald and Wynne Prize selection. Since 1992 this exhibition has shown a large number of works entered into the official  Archibald Exhibition which were not selected for display by them. A selection panel from this Gallery have chosen works which show quality, diversity, humour, and which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape


Read about our latest outings below -

15 March 2018

"A bus load of 18 people spent a delightful day on an outing to Belgenny Farm, located in Camden which took about 1 ¼ hours to reach. First up, a delicious Devonshire morning tea with wonderful home baked scones. Then a tour with a guide around the property learning about the history, original farming, and current use of the farm buildings. Thereafter, a picnic lunch under the shady trees overlooking the paddocks and vineyards. A truly relaxing and informative and sociable day enjoyed by all."

- Lewis Klipin

5 December 2017

On 5 December, our Schmooze Outing Group enjoyed a beautiful Hawksbury Valley Heritage Tour. (Photo by Felicia Conyer)

14 September 2017

The Boomers Schmooze Outing to Parramatta was held on Thursday 14 September and 14 people registered for the event. We boarded the bus at the Temple and left at 10:15am for our first destination.

The trip started off at Elizabeth Farm in Parramatta, where a most informative guide talked about the history of the area and the farm in particular, and then took us through the house. After the tour, a picnic lunch was enjoyed in the courtyard of the House.

The bus then took us the short drive to the Parramatta campus of the University of Western Sydney, where we were met by our guide to take us through the Female Orphan School, which is the oldest standing three storey buiding in Australia, dating from 1813 - the story of the use of this building through two centuries was fascinating.

The building now houses the Whitlam Institute, the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection, and the Margaret Whitlam Galleries - we had all too short time to go through these galleries on our own, before boarding the bus and returned to the Temple at 4.30pm.

- Lewis Klipin