One of the most picturesque spots in the Shoalhaven, Ulladulla boat harbour, with its distinctive rocky breakwater, is the natural hub of this delightful seaside township.
The harbour has played an important role in the development of the area, its establishment in 1859 providing a necessary port for the local pioneering trades of sawmilling, farming and a tannery. Cargo provisions were traditionally unloaded on the beach.
Delectable treats from the sea
Today the harbour shelters local leisure craft and a fleet of commercial trawlers. Ulladulla is renowned for its seafood and the local co-operative at the harbour is a great place to buy ‘fresh off the boat’ fish-of-the-day. The colourful Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony is held annually on the harbour breakwater. This is a time-honoured custom started by local Italian/Australian fishermen, where trawlers are decorated and blessed and a carnival-like family atmosphere pervades with much bon homie, all capped off with a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour.
Fun and entertainment abound
Aside from delectable seafood, Ulladulla stages annual events that lend colour and character to the area’s already manifest attractions, adding to its reputation as a providores heaven. For the visitor, there are some fine restaurants in town and an excellent cultural walking track at North Head, One Track For All. Constructed in two loops of 1km each, the tracks are suitable for wheelchair access and are a fascinating journey into the Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal history of the area.
There are two notable landmarks on the southern headland of Ulladulla Harbour. Warden Head, with an operational lighthouse, has uninterrupted views of the coast, an ideal location for viewing dolphins and whales in season. Coomee Nilunga Cultural Track has two stages, where vegetation changing from heath to woodland can be observed, due to the differing aspects and soil variation on the headland. On the southern side there are art poles that were created during the Jirrawich Aboriginal Cultural Training Association Program.
A further 5km south will bring you to the scenic townships of Burrill Lake and Dolphin Point. Surrounded by natural bushland, they provide excellent fishing spots and safe boating, sailing and windsurfing. Accommodation is available in motels, caravan parks and holiday cottages close to the lake and beach.
Situated between Milton and Ulladulla is the town of Mollymook whose name is believed to have come from a species of Albatross, the Mollyhawk. The first settlers to the area came in 1859, building a house called the Molly Moke where Garside Road is today. Mollymook’s stunning beachside location is complemented by golf courses and a good selection of accommodation, many enjoying outstanding views over the beach and ocean, and all within a few minute’s walk to the sea.