Ulladulla, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Ulladulla harbour pano.jpg
Panorama of Ulladulla Harbour
Ulladulla is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 35°20′55″S 150°28′4″E / 35.34861°S 150.46778°E / -35.34861; 150.46778Coordinates: 35°20′55″S 150°28′4″E / 35.34861°S 150.46778°E / -35.34861; 150.46778
Population 15,057 (2014)[1][2]
Postcode(s) 2539
Elevation 15 m (49 ft)
LGA(s) City of Shoalhaven
Region South Coast
State electorate(s) South Coast
Federal Division(s) Gilmore
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
20.5 °C
69 °F
13.1 °C
56 °F
1,009.6 mm
39.7 in
Localities around Ulladulla:
Milton Mollymook
Kings Point Burrill Lake

Ulladulla is a coastal town in New South Wales, Australia in the City of Shoalhaven local government area. It is on the Princes Highway about 230 kilometres (140 mi) south of Sydney, half way between Batemans Bay to the south and Nowra to the north. Ulladulla has close links with the nearby historic settlement of Milton and many services are shared between these towns.

The name Ulladulla is an Aboriginal word meaning "safe harbour".[3] Alternate spellings as Woolladoorh or Ngulla-dulla have been recorded.[3]


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, terminating at the Narrawallee estuary. The population at the 2011 census was 12,137, including Burrill Lake.[2] The estimated urban population of Ulladulla, including Milton, was 15,057[1] as at June 2014, having grown 0.9% on prior year and from 14,208 over the prior decade.[1]

Ulladulla is surrounded by the adjoining towns of Milton and Burrill Lake as well as Mollymook and Narrawallee. The extended area from Burrill Lake to Milton is referred to as the Milton–Ulladulla area.

Close landmarks include Pigeon House Mountain and "The Castle", both named due to the unique shapes of the mountain. Pigeon House was sighted by Captain James Cook upon his journey along the eastern shores of Australia. Pigeon House has recently been renamed "Didhol" out of respect to the elders of the Yuin nation, the Aboriginal elders past and present who originated from the area Ulladulla was built upon. The traditional name of the peak, Didhol, means "woman's breast", from the mountain's clear resemblance to the shape of a woman's breast.


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. 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.[citation needed] The area is largely unknown to Victorian holiday makers, who usually frequent more southerly destinations such as Eden and Merimbula.[citation needed]


Along with the rest of the NSW South Coast, Ulladulla has a mild oceanic climate (Cfb) and experiences warm summers and cool winters.[4] The climate is influenced by the warm waters of the adjacent Tasman Sea and is characteristically mild without extreme high or low temperatures.[5] Climatic data has been recorded at Ulladulla by the Bureau of Meteorology since 1989.[6]

Climate data for Ulladulla
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.5
Average high °C (°F) 24.1
Average low °C (°F) 17.2
Record low °C (°F) 10.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 80.3
Average precipitation days 12.6 13.3 12.6 11.5 9.8 10.3 8.6 7.4 9.8 10.7 14.1 12.0 132.7
Average relative humidity (%) 71 73 70 67 64 62 59 56 60 63 67 71 65
Source: [6]

Ulladulla Harbour[edit]

Small pleasure boats moored in Ulladulla Harbour.

Ulladulla Harbour is a minor port administered by Land and Property Management Authority.[7]

A wooden jetty was built in 1859 so as to retain the services of the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company; the company had informed the farmers that would not call again at Ulladulla unless better mooring facilities were provided. After seven years the jetty was replaced by a stone pier built by the government on the natural reef. The company built a store on the harbour foreshores for the receiving of produce for shipment to and from Sydney.[8] There was a weekly cargo service to Ulladulla until the mid-1950s.

In 1873, a lighthouse was constructed on the harbour breakwater, and it was known at the time as the Ulladulla Lighthouse. It was relocated in 1889 to Warden Head, south of the harbour, where it is still active.[9]

During the mid-1890s, a 4 ft (1220 mm) gauge tramway was laid out to the end of the main stone wharf. Manpower and horses were used to move the low wagons. During the period 1910-11, a double line of track was laid to the end of the pier. Public Works Department records disclose maintenance of track and repair of wagons at least to 1947-48. Almost all trace of the line had gone by 1991.[10]

The harbour is the home port of the largest commercial fishing fleet on the South Coast of New South Wales.[11]

Blessing of the Fleet festival[edit]

The Blessing of the Fleet festival is held annually at Easter since 1956. This is a centuries-old tradition which originated in Sicily, Italy, and now continued by the area's descendants of the original Italian fishing community.

The most significant element of the festival is the actual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony held at Ulladulla harbour on Easter Sunday. The festivities conclude with fireworks display, over Ulladulla harbour on Easter Sunday and the Harbour Markets on Easter Monday.

Although the accompanying celebration was cancelled due to a sharp rise in the public liability premium in 2004 and 2005, the ceremony returned in 2008.[12][13]

Public transport[edit]

Looking south along the Princes Highway as it passes through Ulladulla's CBD

Premier Motor Service operate two daily service in each direction between Sydney and Eden as well as two services from Bomaderry railway station that connect with NSW TrainLink services.[14]

Ulladulla Bus Lines provides local bus services on weekdays with a reduced service on Saturdays. Two routes operate from Ulladulla. Route 740 runs from Burrill Lake to Milton via Kings Point, Ulladulla, Mollymook and Narrawallee. Route 741 runs at a lesser frequency on weekdays only from Ulladulla to Kiola via Burrill Lake, Tabourie, Termeil and Bawley Point.[15] Taxis and private hire cars are also available for transport throughout the district.

Notable people[edit]

Winter Warden (1860 - 1936), a former member of the NSW Legislative Council, was born in Ulladulla.[16]

A.B. Shand KC (1865 – 1949), barrister and King's Counsel[17] and Royal Commissioner was born in Ulladulla.[18]

Melinda Smith (1976), Asian Gaelic Games Cup Winner and key member of the Singapore Gaelic Lions, was born in Ulladulla. [19]


  1. ^ a b c "3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2013-14: Population Estimates by Significant Urban Area, 2004 to 2014". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.  Estimated resident population, 30 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ulladulla (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Ulladulla". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Australian Climatic Zones (Map)". BOM website. BOM. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Climate of NSW". BOM website. BOM. Archived from the original on 17 March 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Monthly Climate Statistics for Australian Locations - Ulladulla AWS". BOM website. BOM. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Minor Ports Program". Land management. New South Wales Department of Lands. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2006-12-14. 
  8. ^ Dunn, Cathy (1999). "Ulladulla Harbour". Local History of Milton Ulladulla. www.ulladulla.info. Retrieved 2006-04-10. 
  9. ^ "Warden Head Lighthouse (listing RNE19898)". Australia Heritage Places Inventory. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. 
  10. ^ The Ulladulla Harbour Tramway Longworth, Jim Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, July 1994 pp 196-199
  11. ^ http://www.mynrma.com.au/cps/rde/xchg/mynrma/hs.xsl/south_coast_ulladulla.htm Retrieved 2008-09-19
  12. ^ Whelan, Karisa (11 April 2007). "Doubt hangs over future of festival". Milton-Ulladulla Times. Retrieved 2007-04-22. [dead link]
  13. ^ Whelan, Karisa (25 April 2007). "New committee to drive Blessing of the Fleet festival". Milton-Ulladulla Times. Retrieved 2007-04-26. [dead link]
  14. ^ Timetables Premier Motor Service
  15. ^ "Timetables". Ulladulla Bus Lines. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Mr Winter David WARDEN (1860 - 1936)". Parliament of NSW. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Mr. A. B. Shand, K.C., Dead". The Sydney Morning Herald (34,878) (New South Wales, Australia). 4 October 1949. p. 4. Retrieved 11 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  18. ^ "MILK ACT PROBE". Singleton Argus (New South Wales, Australia). 15 February 1933. p. 3. Retrieved 11 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  19. ^ http://www.gaeliclions.org/welcome/

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