The Secrets of Dubbo Gully
A Slice of Dubbo Gully when Mangrove Creek was a thriving river community with wharves, inns, and slab homes. Gain insight into the past along the St Thomas Cemetery, Fairview Homestead in this rarely visited part of Mangrove Creek
Join outdoor guide Belinda Cook and local historian Dr Bernadette Flynn to trace the sites of former orchards and slab hubs across heritage wooden bridges within the extraordinary landscape of gymea lilies, sandstone bluffs and trickling creeks. Want to know about the lived histories from growing up in the area in the 1830s and 1840s at fireball hill and snake gully? We visit the departed at St Thomas’ Cemetery – the Starkeys, Douglass, Andrews and Crafts – and the grave of one Hughie Cameron who is reputed to have leapt to his death holding bags of gold. At Fairview we hear about the campaign to save this last remaining homestead representative of the many homesteads and farm houses that were formerly located in the valley. We can view the Simpson track the original road from Sydney to the coast and reveal the mystery and mayhem associated with the overnight coach stop and the haunted ‘Inn of the Damned’.