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This book reveals the pivotal part the Apollo tracking station at Honeysuckle Creek, near Canberra, played in the first Moon walk.

It tells the story of how the station's director Tom Reid and his colleagues transmitted some of the most-watched images in human history as Neil Armstrong took his first step.

But for their efforts, there would have been no live television of the moment a human being first stepped onto a celestial body.

Part biography and part personal history, 'Honeysuckle Creek' makes a significant contribution to the story of Australia's role in Space exploration.

What people are saying about this book

'A wonderful and inspirational story, beautifully told. As hard as it is to do this extraordinary yarn justice, Andrew Tink has done it.' - Peter FitzSimons, best-selling author.

‘It is a wonderful book and a great tribute to the remarkable Tom Reid and all the glory and wonder of the NASA space program generally and the Apollo missions specifically. It also captures another era in a very fresh and compelling way. I was captivated from start to finish!' – Kim Williams AM, media executive and composer.

'I very much appreciate the time and effort Andrew Tink has made for technical and other accuracy. I am sure this book will become a reference for years to come.' - Mike Dinn, deputy director of the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station during Apollo 11.

'I was going into it thinking I don't know how interesting or exciting or easy to read it would be but I was totally taken aback. It's a fantastic book.' Peter Aylward, President, Space Association of Australia.


Station director Tom Reid at Honeysuckle's operations console during Apollo 8


Book Launch

Honeysuckle Creek was launched by the NSW Premier, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, at Parliament House, Sydney, on 14 November 2018.

Andrew Premier

A grateful author thanks the Premier.



Peter FitzSimons and Barry O'Farrell share a joke, probably at the author's expense.



The author pictured with Tom Reid's family.


To listen to an audio recording of the book launch, please click here.

To listen to an interview I had about ‘Honeysuckle Creek’ with ABC 702’s Richard Glover, please click below.

On 27 November I appeared on Channel 10’s Studio 10 program to talk about Honeysuckle Creek.

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Click below to watch the interview.




The Unsung Aussie Who Let 600 million see Humanity’s Greatest Achievement.

To access a story about my book which appeared in The Canberra Times on 24 November, please click here.