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 Illawarra Escarpment.

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.

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area - Wollongong and Surrounds

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.

Aerial of Bulli - Wollongong and Surrounds

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.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Winners are Grinners! Art Exhibition

    Wednesday 07 March 2018 to Tuesday 20 March 2018 , Glen Innes

    Aboriginal artists over the age of 50 years have combined works of pottery, textiles, painting sculpture, drawing, wood, photography wool or metal. There will be a Gala opening on April 7 at 4pm, with free entry and refreshments. It wil…

    07 Mar - 20 Mar
  2. John Butler Trio

    Tuesday 20 March 2018 , Albury Wodonga

    One of their most exuberant live acts, John Butler Trio announce more dates to their regional tour along with news of their long awaited seventh studio album and they're coming to Albury. Summer concert events for John Butler Trio fans alr…

    20 Mar
  3. Harness Racing

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Friday 29 June 2018 , Young

    Feel free to come and join the Young Harness Racing Clubs regular Harness racing meetings. These common events include free entry, refreshments and races broadcast live!…

    21 Mar - 29 Jun
  4. Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Port Macquarie

    The latest exhibition at the Hastings Fine Art Gallery by members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association is on display from October 18 to January 17. The exhibition showcases woks in all mediums and styles as well as a collection of …

    21 Mar - 14 Oct
  5. Iconic Australian Houses

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Saturday 31 March 2018 , Nowra

    Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney and presented in partnership with Architecture Foundation Australia is a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. The exhibi…

    21 Mar - 31 Mar