Situated on its famous and picturesque harbour, Ulladulla is the commercial and retail centre for the Coastal Resort district, situated half way between the larger towns of Batemans Bay to the south and Nowra to the north and approximately 179 km south of Sydney. The name Ulladulla is an aboriginal word meaning “safe harbour”. Alternate spellings as Woolladoorh or Ngulla-dulla have been recorded.
The Ulladulla area is a seven-kilometre stretch of continuous urban residential development from the southern edge of Ulladulla, through the town of Mollymook, to Narrawallee in the north ending at the Narrawallee estuary. You can swim at a number of beaches at your doorstep or visit other magnificent beaches only a few minutes drive north or south. The underdeveloped beaches along this stretch are mainly populated by Sydneysiders and Canberrans during holiday periods, although Canberrans largely holiday further south, to Kioloa and Batemans Bay. The area is largely unknown to Victorian holiday makers, who usually frequent more southerly destinations such as Eden and Merimbula. Ulladulla also has a bowls and ex-servicemans club for the community.
There are two high schools and three primary schools in the district. In recent years tourism has brought significant growth to the town including plans for larger shopping and recreation areas, such as the Dunn and Lewis memorial foundation centre being built. Population at 2014 census was 15, 057.
Ulladulla hosts many festivals and events during the year, try to visit in Easter when the Blessing of the Fleet Festival is held, a traditional ceremony held to pray for safety for the fishing fleet and its crews during the fishing season, which also include’s the local ‘princesses’ participate in a large street parade on Easter Sunday with their decorated floats, street entertainment and live music then finishing up with a fireworks display at the Harbour. (Annual fireworks at New Years Eve also)
Don’t miss the lighthouse and the newly developed walk at Warden Head. Further afield, our magnificent hinterland in the Budawangs and Morton National Park is easily reached from Ulladulla and escorted tours are available to ensure that you see the best places at the best times.
You will find that the quality and wide range of accommodation, housing, dining, shopping, touring and recreation alternatives in Ulladulla will guarantee a memorable stay in our coastal resort, and could quite possibly lead to your wanting a sea-change!