The Blue Hole Surf Club

By MICK ROBERTS¬†¬© SECRETLY perched overlooking the ocean in the Royal National Park are around 200 historic shacks forgotten in time. Built between 1910 and 1950, before the area was included into the Royal National Park, the shacks evolved on land leased from freeholders. Material for the jerry built shacks and, the owners’ provisions, were,…

A working man’s club

By MICK ROBERTS ¬© ALTHOUGH Helensburgh Tradies Club began operating on shaky grounds, and has relocated to a new site, it has survived to become the Illawarra’s oldest operating registered club. Born from a dispute with the town’s two publicans over beer prices, the Helensburgh and Lilyvale Workmen’s Club was established by a group of…