One of the most picturesque spots in the Shoalhaven, Ulladulla boat harbour, with its distinctive rocky breakwater, is the natural hub of this delightful seaside township.
The harbour has played an important role in the development of the area, its establishment in 1859 providing a necessary port for the local pioneering trades of sawmilling, farming and a tannery. Cargo provisions were traditionally unloaded on the beach.
Today the harbour shelters local leisure craft and a fleet of commercial trawlers. Ulladulla is renowned for its seafood and the local co-operative at the harbour is a great place to buy ‘fresh off the boat’ fish-of-the-day. The colourful Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony is held annually on the harbour breakwater. This is a time-honoured custom started by local Italian/Australian fishermen, where trawlers are decorated and blessed and a carnival-like family atmosphere pervades with much bon homie, all capped off with a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour.
Aside from delectable seafood, Ulladulla stages annual events that lend colour and character to the area's already manifest attractions, adding to its reputation as a providores heaven. For the visitor, there are some fine restaurants in town and an excellent cultural walking track at North Head, One Track For All. Constructed in two loops of 1km each, the tracks are suitable for wheelchair access and are a fascinating journey into the Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal history of the area.
There are two notable landmarks on the southern headland of Ulladulla Harbour. Warden Head, with an operational lighthouse, has uninterrupted views of the coast, an ideal location for viewing dolphins and whales in season. Coomee Nilunga Cultural Track has two stages, where vegetation changing from heath to woodland can be observed, due to the differing aspects and soil variation on the headland. On the southern side there are art poles that were created during the Jirrawich Aboriginal Cultural Training Association Program.
A further 5km south will bring you to the scenic townships of Burrill Lake and Dolphin Point. Surrounded by natural bushland, they provide excellent fishing spots and safe boating, sailing and windsurfing. Accommodation is available in motels, caravan parks and holiday cottages close to the lake and beach.
Situated between Milton and Ulladulla is the town of Mollymook whose name is believed to have come from a species of Albatross, the Mollyhawk. The first settlers to the area came in 1859, building a house called the Molly Moke where Garside Road is today. Mollymook’s stunning beachside location is complemented by golf courses and a good selection of accommodation, many enjoying outstanding views over the beach and ocean, and all within a few minute’s walk to the sea.
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The magnificent stretch of coastline between Sydney and Melbourne is one of Australia’s most dramatic and naturally beautiful self-drive experiences. Along its length, the great waters of the Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait have carved out dramatic headlands and created beautiful coves and beaches. The ancient ranges that follow it inland are covered in vast expanses of national parks and forests protecting pristine lakes and rivers. Nestled amongst these natural wonders are dozens of quaint fishing villages, tiny colonial hamlets and thriving rural towns built by the country’s most adventurous settlers.
The coast provides you with the whole range of sensory experiences. You can surf the big Tasman swells, dive the many wrecks, do some blue water sailing, go whale spotting or share the beach with seals, dolphins and sea birds. Or take time out to enjoy the delights of its famous seafood.
As you move along it, the landscape constantly changes its character and moods – from the placid blues and pastoral greens of the NSW coast, to the brilliant white sands of Jervis Bay, the massive, unspoiled wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park and the awesome breadth of Ninety Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway.
The journey climaxes at Wilsons Promontory, the southern most point of mainland Australia, where you can explore small, hidden bays, see wildlife in its natural habitat, and visit the historic lighthouse. Then you gently wind your way to Melbourne via Phillip Island where you can see the famously cute little penguins parading along the beach. On the Mornington Peninsula, indulge yourself in a luxurious country retreat, enjoy innovative regional cuisine and superb local wines and visit grand gardens.
Drive the alternative inland route from Lakes Entrance to Melbourne via Walhalla taking in the beautiful green countryside, magnificent vistas, mountain scenery and historic villages. Walhalla became one of Australia's richest gold towns following the discovery of gold in 1863. Today, strolling past its lovingly restored period buildings provides you with an authentic experience of that golden era. Frozen in time, Walhalla is home to only to 20 people.
Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive and the Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive are among Australia's most extraordinary road trips driving between Australia's two major cities, including Canberra and Jervis Bay