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The Secrets of Dubbo Gully

tour leader

Belinda Cook


Dubbo Gully; St Thomas Cemetery;  Fairview Homestead

time & date

Saturday 14 May, 2022.


fitness level

Moderate. 10kms walking trip, mainly fire trail. 

ticket price



  • Tracing the original road from Sydney to the coast 

  • St Thomas Cemetery and the site of the School of Arts and wharves. 

  • Fairview - last remaining homestead in the area and the site of the haunted 'Inn of the Damned'.

the tour
On this walking tour we drop down into Dubbo Gully to Mangrove Creek and explore the hidden sites of a former community. First fleet lemons and blackberries, former orchards and slab huts. Our expert guides illuminate the histories of settlers from the 1830s and 1840s and living stories from growing up in the area - Mead Gully, Island Flat and 'the matchbox'. We trace the original road from Sydney to the coast across heritage wooden bridges within the extraordinary landscape of gymea lilies, sandstone bluffs and trickling creeks. Morning tea at the Hub, Mangrove Mountain. Please bring your own lunch for during the walk.  

the guide
Belinda Cook is an accredited outdoor adventure guide who loves sharing the magic of adventure
with others. Belinda has been exploring the wild places of the Central coast for over 20yrs and has
built up an extensive knowledge of the hidden trails and out of the way places along with expertise
in local flora and fauna identification. Her BA is in History and English. 
Belinda is joined by local historian Dr Bernadette Flynn who brings a rich knowledge of the public and social history of the Mangrove Creek catchment area.

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