NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

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Small Town: population between 1,500 - 5,000 residents

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Full of surprises!

Let’s ponder something for a moment. Say your family lives in Newcastle or perhaps Sydney and you really, really need a break. There’s a long weekend coming up and you want to get away to relax and recharge but where do you go where everyone in your family can make new memories? If you could image a place that had beautiful mountains, captivating lakes and rivers, stunning bush walks, pristine world class beaches and fabulous food and wine you’d think it was too good to be true right? Well prepare to be surprised.

Bulahdelah, is part of the on Barrington Coast. The town is 3 hours from Sydney and 1 hour from Newcastle. And once you’re here you are right in the middle of one the most exciting tourism destinations in NSW. Why? Because everything is within easy reach and best of all, it’s made for families.

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Book into any of the fabulous local accommodation facilities like the River Myall Holiday Resort, the first of its kind and a sanctuary for families who want a real outdoor escape in a beautiful, natural environment and, the winner of the best Big 4 holiday resort in NSW. There are a range of options to suit your family’s style from spacious camp sites to modern family cabins and top Class glamping tents. The kids will love the swimming pool, games room, mini golf, giant jumping pillow and lots more while you both enjoy some stolen moments of peace strolling along the fantastic river board walk.

Or, settle in at the beautiful Bombah Point Eco Cottages, a 4.5-star retreat for the eco-conscious family. Situated on the edge of town, relax and tread lightly on untouched sand, wash in rainwater, forage from the eco gardens and learn the local ways. 

Get the kids excited by challenging them to see who can be first to spot a koala – seriously, nature is so close you can reach out and touch it. Your next door neighbour is the fabulous Myall River National Park, the perfect environment for some of Australia’s most diverse and abundant wildlife to flourish. Discover giant sand dunes, kayak and swim or ‘catch’ some fresh local Myall oysters and prawns (from the local fish CoOp of course).

Or, for an unforgettable experience on the magnificent Myall Lakes, hire a luxury houseboat from Myall Lakes Getaway Houseboats and let the family relax or, just go crazy! The freshwater Myall Lakes are part of The Great Lakes which also include Smith’s Lake and Wallis Lake (both saltwater) near Forster. Wake up to the sounds of Cockatoos, Magpies and Rainbow Lorikeets. Roll over to peer out of your bedside window and catch the first glimpses of the unspoilt wilderness that surrounds you. 

Catch a fish, swim, go canoeing, sailboarding or just do nothing while enjoying a glass of award-winning local wine. But wherever you choose to stay, you get to end every perfect day, by sitting back and enjoying a magnificent Bulahdelah sunset.

The town itself is situated on Worimi country at the meeting of the Crawford and Myall Rivers. White settlers began moving into the district from about 1840. In the early days the key industries were timber and mining.

Mount Alum, or Bulahdelah Mountain, contains the world’s largest deposit of the rare mineral Alunite once used as a source of potash and alumina.

Take a stroll down the main street and visit the many local gift shops and charming cafés. Bulahdelaheans love their coffee so only the best is served here.

The local tourist information centre is right there and ready to help you get around. Visit the historic Courthouse located to the east of town overlooking the Myall River, take a stroll along the river and don’t forget that selfie beside the Big Bass.

Bulahdelah is a well-known fishing spot and hosts the annual Big Bass fishing competition so if you’re an angler get excited or, at least get your story ready for the ‘one that got away’. For the kids or the young at heart there is a new concrete skate park with lots of fun stuff like kickers, hips, rails and ledges and, the park is right at the start of the Bulahdelah Mountain Walk. It’s a sensational walking trail and the views from the top are breath-taking. For the foodies who don’t want to travel far you have Australian, Chinese, home-made Pizza and authentic Indonesian plus award-winning local wine. Sensational! And when you are ready, jump in the car and discover what’s just around the corner. Select the Itinerary button and find out for yourself that Bulahdelah really is, Full of Surprises!


Three days in Bulahdelah

Bulahdelah on the Mid North Coast of NSW is not just a town, it’s a destination – a destination that’s right in the middle of one the most exciting tourism hotspots in NSW. Why? Because everything is within easy reach.


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