Flooded gum, Brett Gregory / Auscape International

Population 1092

Bulahdelah is a pretty town at the foot of Bulahdelah Mountain (known to locals as Alum Mountain because of the alunite that was mined here). Surrounded by rainforests and the beautiful Myall Lakes, it is a popular destination for bushwalkers and watersports enthusiasts.

Visitor Information

8 Crawford St (cnr Pacific Hwy); (02) 4997 4981 or 1800 802 692


Nearby national parks

  • Myall Lakes National Park

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  • Barrington Tops National Park

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  • Crowdy Bay National Park

    Crowdy Bay National Park runs along the state’s mid-north coast, a ribbon of lowlands with rocky outcrops and sandy beaches just south...more

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In Town

Bulahdelah Mountain Park A park of contrasts, with meandering walking trails taking in tall forest, rare orchids in spring and the remains of mining machinery. There are picnic and barbecue facilities and a lookout over Bulahdelah and the Myall Lakes. Meade St.

Court House: museum featuring Bulahdelah's logging past, with cells out the back; open Sat mornings or by appt; Cnr Crawford and Anne sts; bookings on (02) 6597 4838.


Myall Lakes National Park The 'Murmuring Myalls', 10ha of connected lakes, and 40km of beaches make this national park one of the most visited in the state. It is ideal for all types of watersports – canoe and houseboat hire is available, and Broughton Island, 2km offshore, is a popular spot for diving. Enjoy the bushwalks and campsites set in the rainforest, heathlands and eucalypt forest. 12km E.

Bulahdelah State Forest: with scenic picnic area and walking trails along old mining trolley lines, and one of the tallest trees in NSW – the 84m flooded gum (Eucalyptus grandis); off The Lakes Way; 14km N.

Wootton: charming small town with a 6km rainforest walk along an old timber railway; 15km N.

Sugar Creek Toymakers: fine wooden toys and hand-painted dolls; (02) 4997 6142; 31km E.

Seal Rocks: fishing village with seals sometimes resting on the offshore rocks. Grey nurse sharks breed in underwater caves and whales pass by June–Aug. Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse (1875) has a lookout tower, and there are pleasant beaches and camping areas; 40km E.

Wallingat National Park: walking trails and picnic facilities. Stop at Whoota Whoota Lookout for sweeping views of forest, coast and lakes; 43km NE.

Fishing spots near town

Port Stephens 34 km

 Port Stephens is about 220 km north of Sydney and offers a mixed bag of quality species. In the estuaries, bream, flathead, mulloway and whiting dominate the catch while beach anglers do well on tailor, whiting and... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Snorkelling and diving around Nelson Bay 35 km

Nelson Bay and surrounds offer some superb snorkelling and diving. Many locations are accessible by boat only, such as beautiful Broughton Island, but there are some exceptional shore dives and snorkelling – some... Find out more

Kayaking, Newcastle to Port Macquarie 50 km

Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre at Gloucester offers an exciting one-day tour down the Barrington River. Guides can tailor the trip for beginners or family groups, choosing a quieter part of the river where there are... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Pacific Dunes Golf Club 51 km

Advances in club and ball technology, aimed at helping players hit longer and straighter, have had a big effect on golf course architecture since the early 1990s. Many new developers have urged designers to stretch... Find out more

Newcastle Golf Club 65 km

Long before American Tom Doak became the revered course designer he is today, he travelled the world playing and studying more than 800 courses. He made notes on every one, before compiling them into what he called ... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Detours Cafe

Detours promises ‘the best hamburgers on the mid-north coast’, tempting hungry diners to drive miles out of their way to put this cafe to the test. Join the throngs to try and guess the secret ingredients... Find out more

Myalla Magic

Myalla Magic is a cheerfully decorated, bustling enterprise with indoor and outdoor seating, and serves fantastic food to a happy stream of customers. The biggest talking point is that the inside walls of the old house... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Murray's Craft Brewing Company 46 km

But there’s a-nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear, Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer. So sang the late country singing legend Slim Dusty and, more importantly, the words of the famous song were penned... Find out more

Campsites around town

Sunnyside camping area (boat-based camping) 9 km

This charmingly named camping spot can be found on the western shore of Two Mile Lake, between this and Boolambayte Lake. Bring your own drinking water, firewood and gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Mackaway Bay (boat-based camping) 9 km

You’ll find this site on the western shore of Two Mile Lake, between this and Boolambayte Lake. It’s a good spot to choose if it’s a windy day. Bring drinking water, firewood and gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Korsmans Landing camping area 10 km

You’ll either need to get the car ferry across to Bombah Point from Mungo Brush Rd and continue north or come down Bombah Point Rd from the Pacific Hwy past Buladelah. Situated on Two Mile Lake, this site has... Find out more

Two Mile Sands camping area (boat-based camping) 11 km

Sandy beaches and shallow waters greet boaters at this camping area on the western shore of Mackaway Bay. Bring your own drinking water, firewood and gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Bungaree Bay camping area 11 km

Tucked away on the banks of Boolambayte Lake beneath paperbarks and casuarinas, Bungaree Bay is accessible from Violet Hill Rd, off the Lakes Way. The turn-off to the Lakes Way is 18 km past Buladelah on the Pacific Hwy.... Find out more

Freshwater camping area (walk-in and boat-based camping) 12 km

Freshwater is north of Joes Cove on the eastern shore of Two Mile Lake. It’s a boat-based or walk-in site, a 2 km walk from Mungo Brush Rd – check with the parks office for track details. There are toilets... Find out more

River Mouth camping area (walk-in and boat-based camping) 13 km

As its name suggests, this camping area’s at the mouth of the Myall River. It’s a good stopover for canoeists and kayakers on the Upper Myall River. Walkers can also access the camping area via the Rivermouth... Find out more

Violet Hill camping area 13 km

A great base for lakeside activities, Violet Hill camping area includes a boat ramp, a wharf and a smattering of boat moorings. There’s space for campervans and trailers, although the main campsite area is closed... Find out more

Joes Cove camping area (walk-in and boat-based camping) 13 km

Joes Cove is north of Bombah Point, on the eastern shore of Two Mile Lake. It’s an 800 m walk in from Mungo Brush Rd. Bring your own drinking water, firewood and gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Boomeri camping area 15 km

Boomeri’s 20 sites are set away from the north-eastern banks of Bombah Broadwater, with a walking/cycling track to Johnsons and Shelley beaches. It’s the next campsite north of the Wells camping area, off... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Alum Mountain Caravan Park 1 km

Located on the northern edge of town alongside the Pacific Highway, this is an older park with basic facilities. It is very convenient for an overnight stop or as a base to explore the local lakes and forests. Dogs are... Find out more

Myall Shores Nature Resort 14 km

Situated on the shores of Myall Lakes, access to this park is from Bulahdelah and 10 km of the road is unsealed. Located in a picture-postcard position close to the vehicle ferry crossing, it has good facilities and a... Find out more

Myall River Camp 26 km

This bush camp is located a few kilometres north of Hawks Nest, along a road accessible by conventional vehicles. Set on a large grassy expanse beside the Myall River, the camp has no power and limited facilities and... Find out more

Sandbar and Bushland Caravan Parks 29 km

Some 20 km south of Forster, this park at Sandbar is tucked away in a secluded bush location on the shores of the tranquil Smiths Lake, just a short walk from Sandbar Beach. There are in fact two separate parks here, one... Find out more

Seal Rocks Holiday Park 29 km

The Seal Rocks Camping Reserve is located in an idyllic position overlooking a popular beach. The park’s powered sites are very popular and bookings are necessary. The camp’s access road still includes 2.7 km... Find out more

Hawks Nest Beach Holiday Park 30 km

Located just a short walk from a popular beach and the Hawks Nest Surf Club, this park is also only a kilometre from the centre of town. It has large expanses of lawn and is ideal for a family holiday or just a few... Find out more

Halifax Holiday Park 34 km

Close to the centre of Nelson Bay, this well-maintained tourist park adjoins a busy public boat ramp on the eastern shores of Port Stephens. There are often people cleaning their catch near the boat ramp and numerous... Find out more

Big4 Forster Tuncurry Great Lakes Holiday Park 36 km

This is a quality park on the water’s edge. It is in a quieter area of town but just a short distance from the town centre. There is a good range of facilities and bookings are required in peak periods; a... Find out more

BIG4 Karuah Jetty Village 37 km

Located in a quiet position a short distance from the Pacific Highway, this park has very good amenities and looks across the northern arm of Port Stephens. There is a long jetty, good for fishing, and a limited number... Find out more

Smugglers Cove Holiday Village 37 km

This is a quality, award-winning park with great holiday entertainment and a range of activities all year round. A good family park, it is set in a wonderful subtropical palm grove. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bombah Point Eco Cottages

At this establishment you will find a high level of luxury in architecturally designed eco cottages. These stunning self-catering cottages are encased in glass and encircled by rugged bushland, and are being showered... Find out more

Peacehaven Country 

Peacehaven is located in 48 hectares of bushland and offers two self-contained cottages, each on their own 2-hectare plot. Tranquillity Cottage has three bedrooms, Peace Cottage has two, and both have polished... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Banjo’s Bushland Retreat, Vacy 67 km

With three self-contained lodges of various sizes and a recreation room that includes an environmental centre, this eco-accredited resort keeps nature as its focus. Even the nine-hole minigolf course weaves around the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Bulahdelah Rest Area 2 km

2 km N of Bulahdelah (R) or 70 km S of Taree (L)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Newmans Road rest areas 11 km

13km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 32km S of Nabiac (L)

Just off the highway (on both sides) around a few trees.

Nerong Waterholes rest area 17 km

51km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

On the edge of the forest just off the highway. For northbound only.

Browns Flat rest area 17 km

20km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Well off the highway near the forest. For southbound only.

Station Creek rest area 25 km

42km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Wang Wauk rest area 30 km

36km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 9km S of Nabiac (R)

Secluded off the highway among shady trees.

Twelve Mile Hill rest area 45 km

15km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Talawahl Creek rest area 45 km

18km S of Taree (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Medowie Road rest area 46 km

57km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Surrounded by trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Four Mile Hill rest area 55 km

22km N of Nabiac (L)      

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Market: beside visitor centre, Crawford St; 1st Sat each month.

The Bass Bash: fishing festival; Feb.

Bulahdelah Show: campdraft and rodeo; Nov.

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