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Ulladulla - Relax On The New South Wales South Coast
 
ulladulla nswTravel to the south coast of new South Wales and you will uncover a vast beauty that is unlike any other in Australia. Ulladulla is at the centre of this beauty and offers a unique combination of history, seaside living and stunning hinterland. Positioned just 220 kilometres south of Sydney, Ulladulla is a picturesque harbour town built next to the still waters of a secluded bay. It is also surrounded by some particularly charming towns such as Mollymook, whose stunning beach is popular amongst surfers and swimmers, and Milton, a historic settlement with a thriving community. Between these three towns lies a wealth of attractions and activities that will make any visit here an exciting one, no matter what your holiday intentions are.

Water is very much a way of life in these parts, with seven nearby lakes complementing the numerous bays and beaches that make up the shoreline. This is why Ulladulla is such an outdoors-oriented town. Make sure you remember your hiking boots, because inland the lush National Parkland, the thick state forest and the rugged cliffs and gorges of the Bundawung Ranges provide endless bush walking opportunities.

The buzz of Ulladulla is centred around the harbour, essentially because fishing is the main income of this town. You can spend an interesting morning wandering amongst the docked fishing fleet and the historic yachts moored in the harbour. Fishing is an important way of life here so why not immerse yourself in it? You can also go out on a charter to some of the reefs that begin just twenty minutes away from the harbour. You are practically guaranteed a catch, and if you head out to the even deeper water you can expect to catch marlin, tuna, wahoo and sailfish... and various species of shark! If your love for fish only extends as far as their culinary worth, then forfeit the fishing expedition for a long seafood lunch on the harbour. You won't find fresher seafood or a greater variety of it anywhere else.

If you are a keen surfer and want something a little wilder than the waters around Ulladulla, make a trip up to Mollymook, positioned just a couple of kilometres up the coast on the other side of the headland. Surrounded by grassy parklands, this beach encompasses golden sands and clear, refreshing waters that are the perfect location for spending time with the family. Frolic with the dolphins and spot the majestic humpback whales just off shore. Mollymook also has two golf courses with grandiose clubhouses that give you the opportunity of playing a round of golf next to the crashing waves of the ocean! What could top it!

Once you have finished exploring the far reaches of the coastline, take a drive out to Milton. This town was established in 1860, and a large number of historic buildings still line its streets. Culture can be strongly felt through the antique shops, museums and galleries and the atmosphere is further heightened by country pubs, cafes, bistros, and cosy restaurants. But don't let the serenity fool you! Milton loves any excuse to celebrate, with a number of festivals and fairs taking place annually, including the Milton Settlers Fair in October and the Scarecrow Festival in April.

To further experience the solitude that the south coast offers, be sure to pay a visit to Morton National Park, which is one of the largest National Parks in New South Wales. Home to a large water system that consists of dozens of tributaries flowing into the Shoalhaven River, this system is extremely popular for canoeing and kayaking. The Fitzroy Falls here also offer an impressive sight to see, with the cascading of water down a sandstone escarpment simply taking your breath away. Boardwalks and vantage points have been built here, and there is a large visitors centre for your convenience.

Another popular attraction is Pigeon Hole Mountain, a dome shaped mountain with a distinctive peak that was named by Captain Cook. The climb to the top is fairly arduous and should only be attempted by the relatively fit, but the views from the peak make the effort worthwhile. Some of its cliff faces are regular haunts of rock climbers and abseilers, but that should only be attempted by trained people.

Easily accessible by travelling along the Princes Highway, Ulladulla is a fantastic tourist destination, and should only take you about three hours driving from Sydney. Finding a camping ground or caravan park is an easy task, as the region offers ample accommodation options for all. With a climate that has mild winters and hot summers, any time of the year is good for a visit, although the summer months are obviously more popular. Whenever you choose to come, its guaranteed that your stay in Ulladulla, Milton and Mollymook will leave you re-invigorated and relaxed. This is definitely somewhere you will want to visit more than once in a lifetime.

Christine Barton




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