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Tour of Puckeys this weekend

THIS Saturday a guided bushwalk of Puckeys Estate, Fairy Meadow will be held by the Wollongong Botanic Gardens Discovery Centre.

Wollongong City Council Environmental Project Officer Caren Taylor said the walk will give an insight into the mysterious Courtney Puckey and his experimental salt works.

A heritage tour of the ruins will be held, as well as discover the Aboriginal culture of the area and the significance of the vegetation communities found within the uniquely preserved area.

  • Where: Meet at Fairy Meadow Surf Life Saving club
  • When: 9am-1pm
  • Cost: $8
  • What to bring: Hat, walking shoes, water and snacks
  • Bookings: Essential by calling 4225 2636, or 4229 2600


About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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