18 Nov 2021
A laid-back coastal escape awaits on New South Wales' amazing South Coast.
Situated in the popular Shoalhaven region that stretches from Gerroa at its most northern point to Batemans Bay in the south, Ulladulla is well-known for its fresh seafood, proximity to national parks and outdoor adventures aplenty, especially on the water!
Here are our top 10 things to do in the coastal town of Ulladulla:
Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk
The Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk is an award-winning attraction that’s been operating in the heritage environment of the Ulladulla Harbour since 2009.
Taking visitors on a two-hour journey of discovery from the grassed picnic area in front of the Marine Rescue Headquarters, guests to this guided walk have the opportunity to learn about various groups of fossils - some dating back as far as 270 million years - while also enjoying picturesque views of the harbour.
Operated by local not-for-profit group Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk Incorporated, the walk is suitable for visitors of all ages.
Ulladulla Wildflower Reserve
Taking place on a relatively flat trail, the Ulladulla Wildflower Reserve loop is a 3.4km walk featuring beautiful wildflowers set amongst native bush.
Wild orchids, waratahs, and native irises are some of the local flora to look out for. The Shoalhaven region is home to several endangered bird species including the Littler Tern, so be sure to bring your gear along if bird-watching is something you’re into.
Go fishing in Ulladulla
Rock fishing at Dolphin Point Beach
A local favourite, Dolphin Point Beach is the perfect spot to cast off!
Take in the unspoilt beauty of Meroo National Park while you enjoy a day by the water. Although swimming is not permitted in this location due to its rocky platform, fishing in beautiful Ulladulla is an extremely rewarding experience. Expect there to be plenty of salmon, tailor and bream to be biting!
Experience a true fishing adventure on an awesome fishing charter!
Ulladulla Fishing Charters will provide you with all the fishing gear you need plus bait, a decent lunch and all the inside information you could ask for on a deep-sea reef fishing expedition. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the catch! An unforgettable day on the water awaits.
Take in the sights
Warden Head Lighthouse
For spectacular views of the Shoalhaven Coast, head to Ulladulla’s famous lighthouse, the Warden Head Lighthouse.
This lighthouse is approaching its 150th year and is one of only two lighthouses in NSW made from wrought iron plate, making it a true piece of history. Aside from grand vistas, the lookout is a great spot for spotting sea life, especially during the spring whale season.
Immediately south of the Ulladulla town centre, Rennies Beach is a 530m long southeast-facing beach bordered by rock platforms, which narrow the open sand to 400m. In big swells, there is a very steep right-hander best left to experienced surfers, while the reef at Ulladulla Bombie produces a handy left and right-hand break that novices can approach with some confidence.
Even if you’re not a surfer, wide rock platforms at Warden Head provide fishermen and women with a tempting opportunity, but should always be treated with caution as there are no beach patrols here.
Indulge your foodie senses
58 Washburton Road
Family owned and operated, Cupitt’s Estate promises a memorable gastronomic experience in stunning surroundings.
Cultivating their own farm-to-table philosophy, diners here can choose from a three-course dining experience inside the restaurant proper, or take a cheese platter and enjoy the more casual setting of the outdoor garden.
Cupitt’s Estate also boasts its own fromagerie, where you can taste a range of homemade cheeses including the ‘Milton’, a washed-rind Spanish-inspired block that has become an award winner!
92 Princes Highway 1
Serving fresh food from local suppliers, this popular cafe has a menu to suit all tastes and overlooks the iconic Ulladulla Harbour.
Using an aromatic blend of Cats Pyjamas Coffee, they bake a variety of in-house treats to complement what many call the best coffee in the area. With a grassed area at the rear of the venue, this is a great spot for families to wind down and enjoy a few yummy treats.
105 Princes Highway Burrill Lake
Already popular with South Coast locals, Lagom bakery makes handmade croissants and pastries to die for. Also famous for its artisanal sourdough bread, cakes and pastries combine well with hand-roasted coffee by Guerilla Roasters.
Look out for daily specials and enjoy the views of Burrill Lake!
5/84 Princes Highway
With a focus on world-class cocktails, a wine list that trends towards lo-fi and local wines, The Ruse is another popular bar and casual dining option that overlooks Ulladulla Harbour.
Complementing their drinks menu with tacos and share plates inspired by Central American flavours, booking for busy periods are encouraged. There’s also a regular list of specials to pay attention to including Taco Tuesdays, Fiesta Fridays and Bottomless Mimosas every Saturday afternoon.