Ulladulla

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Grey nomads love Ulladulla
Ulladulla Harbour is beautiful

The South Coast of New South Wales does not always feature as prominently as it should on grey nomad itineraries … although there are signs that that is changing.

The area boasts some stun­ning beaches, fascinating little towns, and a rich history that demands attention from travellers. The wonderful community of Ulladulla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘safe harbour’, is a case in point. The town motto, painted on the municipal sign on the way in, probably sums it up best: “Ulladulla, where every day is a weekend!” Now, this really is grey nomad territory!

Situated on a picturesque harbour, Ulladulla is halfway between Batemans Bay to the south and Nowra to the north.

It is also a mere 180 kilometres south of Sydney on the Princes Highway so it is very popular with holdaymakers during the tourist season. For the grey no­mad, Ulladulla has a full range of services including super­markets, van parks, mechanics and restaurants.

There are superb beaches all around, but the visual centre­piece is definitely the harbour. It’s a lovely place perhaps to simply sit and look at the multitude of pleasure boats.The harbour is, of course, also the focal point of the local fish­ing industry and every Easter Sunday the famous Blessing of the Fleet Festival is held, and prayers are said for safety of the fishing crews.

Just to the south of the harbour is an active lighthouse which was built in the late 19th century. History buffs will also be no doubt also be keen to ex­plore Tabourie Lake Museum, which boasts a wide range of historical items including fos­sils, Aboriginal artefacts, and ancient machinery.

While the town itself is inter­esting and scenic enough, Ul­ladulla also makes a great base for exploring local attractions. The magnificent Mollymook Beach is nearby and well worth a stroll. Other great local walks include the Chris Hum­phries Nature Walk through the South Pacific Heathland Reserve, and the Coomee Nulunga Cultural Trail.

Also well within striking distance also are the gorgeous Lake Conjola to the north and Lake Burrill to the south. Ulladulla is close to several na­tional parks. Morton National Park is home to Pigeon House Mountain, and Murramarang National Park has beautiful walks, beaches and campsites.

As well as national park camp­ing, there are a variety of cara­van parks around where grey nomads can pull in, set up, and chill out. No need to feel guilty about being lazy here. After all, it’s official … every day is a weekend!

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