Located on the Pacific Highway at the foot of Alum Mountain, Bulahdelah is at the western gateway to the magical Myall Lakes National Park which conserves 10,000 hectares and is one of the state’s largest coastal lake systems.
Protected by a mix of eucalyptus, palms and littoral rainforest, the lakes attract hordes of boaties, sailors, campers and bushwalkers throughout the year.
The region was first opened up by cedar-getters and Bulahdelah’s Plough Inn was an important staging post on the Cobb & Co routes.
The region's colourful past is reflected in the museum collection which is housed in the impressive old court house. Back in colonial days that court house was regarded by old lags as one of the more attractive settings in which to spend their last hours of freedom. Built in 1886, the court house sits on a hill overlooking the Myall River and it cells were considered among the most comfortable and spacious on the world's justice trail.
Alum Mountain, whose alumite deposits were mined for 72 years until 1950, has been the target of an intensive, re-greening program in recent years and is now known as the Bulahdelah Mountain Forest Park.
The coastal resorts of Hawks Nest, Seal Rocks, Blueys Beach and Forster-Tuncurry are all within an hour’s drive.