With an inviting village atmosphere, Bulli is enticing with gorgeous beaches, colonial buildings and mining heritage. This northern suburb of Wollongong is popular for picnics, swimming, cycling, surfing and breathtaking views from lookouts on top of the splendid
Getting to Bulli is easy. The drive from Sydney is less than two hours and you can take the exhilarating Grand Pacific Driving touring route through the Royal National Park and over the Sea Cliff Bridge, an engineering marvel. A scenic train trip from Sydney’s Central Station is 90 minutes.
You’ll find a number of convenient places to stay, including holiday houses and camping sites at Bulli Beach Tourist Park. The idyllic Bulli Beach is 900 metres long and backed by a large park ideal for family picnics. A stroll north is Sandon Point Beach, another gem with a pretty picnic area.
Check out the events calendar for markets and festivals, such as the annual Illawarra Folk Festival. At the foot of the Illawarra Escarpment, Bulli retains its colonial heritage through its pub, churches, timber cottages and public buildings. The grand three-storey Bulli Heritage Hotel opened in 1889.
Mining of coal — nicknamed black diamonds — began in Bulli in the first half of the 19th century. You’ll discover stories about coal miners, mining tragedies and underground heroism at Bulli Black Diamond Museum Heritage Centre in the heritage-listed Bulli Railway Station, built in 1887.
Drive up Bulli Pass to the top of the escarpment for the Southern Gateway Centre, where there’s restaurant Altitude 1148 and a gelato shop. From Bulli Lookout enjoy vistas of the Illawarra and NSW South Coast. Sublime Point Lookout is a little farther north, above Austinmer.