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.


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  1. Christmas Day at Altitude1148

    Tuesday 25 December 2018 , Bulli

    Dreading the thought of cooking this Christmas? Join them at Altitude1148 for a beautiful three course lunch instead! Lunch will be served from 12 noon -3pm. Bookings essential.…

    25 Dec
  2. Ripcurl Grom Search National Final

    Tuesday 15 January 2019 to Thursday 17 January 2019 , Bulli

    The Rip Curl GromSearch National Final is a qualification only event – entry is only permitted via qualification or wildcard. Qualification for this event is based off the 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch National Series results and ratings…

    15 Jan - 17 Jan
  3. Illawarra Folk Festival

    Thursday 17 January 2019 to Sunday 20 January 2019 , Bulli

    The Illawarra Folk Festival originated at Jamberoo in 1985, and has grown to be one of the largest festivals in Australia run entirely by volunteers. Now nestled in the northern Illawarra escarpment at Bulli, the festival presents…

    17 Jan - 20 Jan