You'll find the charming town of Ulladulla on the Princes Highway about 180kms south of Sydney. When a town has a motto of 'where every day is a weekend', you get some idea that life goes on at a gentle pace here. The harbour is a working one supporting the largest commercial fleet of NSW, with tuna being a major catch, and it is fishing and tourism that forms the economic backbone of the town. Being halfway between Nowra and Bateman's Bay, Ulladalla has its own great facilities and attractions, but also make for a great base for touring this part of New South Wales. Blessed with national parks, lovely beaches and a nice temperate climate, Ulladulla caters for all holiday tastes.
Ulladulla was home to various Aboriginal groups noted by Captain Cook in the 1770s, but the township began when Reverend Thomas Kendall moved in and started a timber business. Commerce grew and thanks to the timber supply and the safe harbour, shipbuilding also featured. Although Ulladulla actually means safe harbour, this part of the NSW coastline is somewhat treacherous and after a number of shipwrecks, a lighthouse was built at the end of the harbour's pier. Today, the lighthouse stands at Warden Head, still lighting the harbour so the fishing fleet can operate at night. This fishing fleet formed a cooperative in 1956, and in 1957, began the tradition of the Blessing of the Fleet, a festival which continues today.
Surf's Up - There are 10 fabulous beaches in the Shoalhaven region of which Ulladulla is part and most are part of the Beachwatch program which ensures clean, safe facilities. This stretch of coastline has some of the best surf waters in NSW and surfers, body boarders, and Malibu riders regularly frequent the sands of Bendalong, Mollymook, Wairo, Racecourse, Aussie Pipe and Rennies.
Heritage Tours - Guided walking tours of Milton - the original settlement that became Ulladulla - take you on a trip back in time to view the old shops, houses, post office, and pubs. There are also ghost tours held on various evenings each week.
One Track for All - Going back further in time, this trail is the story of Shoalhaven from an Aboriginal perspective. The trail features beautiful pictorial carvings and 4 spectacular lookouts for views of the coast and Ulladulla harbour.
Warden Head Light - One of only 2 wrought-iron lighthouses in NSW, Warden Head offers beautiful views (plenty of parking available) but the tower itself is not open to the public.
Tabourie Lake Museum - If you like your museums bijou and eclectic, this one is for you. You find furnished rooms depicting rural Australian life, exhibits of Aboriginal culture and artefacts, and local history, along with nature exhibits, shells and minerals.
Morton National Park - A very large park, Morton is home to Pigeon House Mountain, and you can be among the 8,000 that make the climb up its slopes each year. It's worth the trek as on a clear day the views are stupendous, letting you see cliffs and gorges carved by the Clyde River, the plateaux of The Castle and Byrangee and also the coastline from Point Perpendicular to Mount Dromedary. The walk to the summit will take about 4 hours.
Lakeside - Just south of Ulladulla are saltwater lakes where the living is good and the fishing is easy - or maybe it's the other way round? Either way, you'll have to share the space with the pelicans that call the area home.
Whale Watching Tours - Twice a year, the migratory path of the magnificent mammals of the sea bring them in easy reach of Ulladulla and organised whale watching trips are available at the harbour.
Art Galleries - Three small galleries in Ulladulla exhibit local and national artists. They are the Alley Gallery, the Art Gallery at Ulladulla Guest House and the Millhouse Courtyard Gallery.
The Big Marlin - Ulladulla is the proud owner of one of Australia's Big Things. In this case it is a giant fluorescent marlin on the top of the aptly named Marlin Hotel, which can be seen from out at sea.
On the Outskirts - Venture just out of town, down small roads off the Princes Highway to discover darling little places like Bawley Point and Kioloa and find gum forests, deserted beaches and kangaroos.
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