Bulahdelah

Meaning ‘the meeting place of two rivers’ in the local Aboriginal language, the sleepy hinterland town of Bulahdelah’s connection to surrounding waterways runs deep. Boating and fishing are popular on the Myall Lakes, or you can explore more than 40 beautiful beaches in the Myall Lakes National Park. 

Highlights

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Myall Lakes National Park  

Bulahdelah is the western gateway to the Myall Lakes National Park, the largest natural freshwater lake system in NSW. This is an incredible spot for kayaking, walking and fishing. It’s also home to the Grandis, the tallest tree in NSW. The flooded gum is over 400 years old and over 70 metres tall. The park also has beautiful wide sandy beaches and fantastic swimming spots.

Neranie campground and picnic area, Myall Lakes National Park

Neranie campground and picnic area, Myall Lakes National Park - Credit: John Spencer/DCCEEW

Aboriginal heritage  

Overlooking Bulahdelah, Bulahdelah Mountain is a legislated Aboriginal Place, in recognition of its cultural and spiritual significance to the Worimi people, the traditional custodians of this land. Also called Alum Mountain due to mining in the area in the 19th century, its walking trails pass traditional tree carvings, an Aboriginal scatter site and a cultural space with seating and a fire pit. 

The Boolah-Dillah Track is 2.2km return to the Worimi Cultural Area. From here you can take the 1.7km return Mountain Track to Mountain Lookout or take the 840m return Ted Baker Track which starts along the Boolah-Dillah Track. 

Bulahdelah Mountain Lookout sign post  in Buladelah, Forster & Taree Area, North Coast

Bulahdelah Mountain Lookout sign post, Buladelah - Credit: Forestry Corporation of NSW

Historic buildings & trails 

There are many beautiful bushwalks near Bulahdelah, including the Wootton Historical Railway Trail in the Wang Wauk State Forest. This 6km walk follows an old logging railway through a rainforest gully, passing creeks, waterfalls and stands of flooded gums before finishing at the remains of an old trestle bridge. 

Wootton Historical Railway Walk  in Bulahdelah, Forster & Taree Area

Wootton Historical Railway Walk, Bulahdelah - Credit: Louise Faulkner - Louise Faulkner Photography


The Court House Museum offers a fascinating insight into the town’s history. Built in 1886 with sandstone shipped from England, the heritage listed building overlooks the Myall River and houses a collection of historical items including old courthouse and police artefacts, a large genealogy database and photo displays. You can even visit the old cells out the back.

Scenic view of the Bulahdelah Court House Museum, Bulahdelah

Bulahdelah Court House Museum, Bulahdela - Credit: Destination Barrington Coast

Where to stay 

With more than 130km of tranquil waterways to explore, hiring a houseboat is a great way to experience the lake in all its moods. Bulahdelah-based Myall Lakes Getaway Houseboats allow you to skipper a boat to Myall Lakes National Park, where you can kayak, fish, swim and look for wildlife on bushwalks. 

Within the Myall Lakes National Park are heritage cottages and camp sites, as well as the NRMA Myall Shores Holiday Park. And in the town itself, is the BIG4 River Myall Holiday Resort and several motels and hotels.  

Getting there  

Bulahdelah is a 2 hour 45 minute drive north from Sydney and a 55 minute drive from Newcastle Airport, which services all the major Australian cities. Coaches and trains also run from Sydney, via Newcastle. You can make this a memorable stop on a North Coast road trip

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