Ulladulla, New South Wales

Coordinates: 35°20′55″S 150°28′4″E / 35.34861°S 150.46778°E / -35.34861; 150.46778
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New South Wales
Looking south along the Princes Highway near its corner with Green Street in Ulladulla February 2015.jpg
Ulladulla town centre
Ulladulla is located in New South Wales
Coordinates35°20′55″S 150°28′4″E / 35.34861°S 150.46778°E / -35.34861; 150.46778
Population17,026 (2021)[1]
Elevation15 m (49 ft)
LGA(s)City of Shoalhaven
RegionSouth Coast
CountySt Vincent
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
Milton Ulladulla Tasman Sea
Kings Point Burrill Lake

Ulladulla is a coastal town in New South Wales, Australia in the City of Shoalhaven local government area.[2][3] It is on the Princes Highway about 230 kilometres (140 mi) south of Sydney, halfway 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 the modern spelling of an Aboriginal word, the meaning of which is unknown. Some records show the name meaning "safe harbour" but local Aboriginal Elders dispute the meaning and point out that a harbour for boats is a modern idea.[4] The name was corrupted to "Holy Dollar" at one time. Alternative spellings as Woolladoorh or Ngulla-dulla have been recorded.[2] The first euoropean Settler was Rev Thomas Kendall in 1828 who started Australian Red Cedar cutting at Yackungarrah and Narrawallee Creek in Yatte Yattah, 4 kilometres north of present day Milton.[4]


At the 2021 census, there were 17,026 people in Ulladulla.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.1% of the population.
  • 80.9% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 4.3%, New Zealand 1.4%, Scotland 0.6%, Italy 0.5% and Germany 0.5%.
  • 90.3% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian at 0.5%.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion 41.5%, Catholic 19.7% and Anglican 17.6%.[5]


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. At the 2016 census the population of the suburb of Ulladulla was 6,615.[6]

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. The population of the Ulladulla area, including Milton, Narawallee and south to Dolphin Point was 16,495[7] as at June 2019, having grown an average of 1.66 percent year-on-year over the preceding five years.[7]

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" in deference to the elders of the Yuin tribe, who previously inhabited 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.


Along with the rest of the NSW South Coast, Ulladulla has a mild oceanic climate (Cfb) and experiences lukewarm summers and mild winters.[8] The climate is influenced by the warm waters of the adjacent Tasman Sea and is characteristically mild without extreme high or low temperatures.[9] Climatic data has been recorded at Ulladulla by the Bureau of Meteorology since 1989.[10]

Climate data for Ulladulla AWS (1991–2020)
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 afternoon relative humidity (%) 71 73 70 67 64 62 59 56 60 63 67 71 65
Source: [10]

Ulladulla Harbour[edit]

Ulladulla Harbour
Small pleasure boats moored in Ulladulla Harbour.

Ulladulla Harbour is a minor port administered by Land and Property Management Authority.[11]

The first white Settler was Rev Thomas Kendall in 1828 who started cedar cutting at Narrawallee Creek in Yatte Yattah.[4]

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

The harbour is the home port of the largest commercial fishing fleet on the South Coast of New South Wales.[15]

Blessing of the Fleet festival[edit]

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

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

Although the accompanying celebration was canceled due to a sharp rise in the public liability premium in 2004 and 2005, the ceremony returned in 2008. Then was Cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID and in 2022 it returned but under COVID Restrictions. [16]

Public transport[edit]

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.[17]

Ulladulla Buslines provides local bus services on weekdays with a reduced service on Saturdays. Three routes operate from Ulladulla. Routes 740 and 740V run 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.[18] Taxis and private hire cars are also available for transport throughout the district.

Commercial area[edit]

Ulladulla's commercial area is located along Princes Highway and in surrounding streets featuring numerous clusters of shops. Ulladulla Shopping Centre features a Woolworths supermarket and 8 speciality stores. Dolphin Court contains a Coles supermarket and 7 speciality stores, next to it is The Reject Shop. Ulladulla also has an Aldi supermarket, Bunnings Warehouse, Mitre 10, Best & Less, Harris Scarfe and a K Hub store (formerly Target Country, closed February 2021). Ulladulla's arcades are located on Princes Highway including Rowen's Arcade which contain a cinema, Funland arcade and 23 speciality stores. Eastside Mall, Plaza, Riviera Arcade, Phillip Centre and Bellbrook Arcade are also located along Princes Highway.


Ulladulla Public School was established in August 1861.[19] Ulladulla High School was established in January 1974.[20]

Notable people[edit]


Ulladulla has since 1878 been served by weekly newspaper the Milton Ulladulla Times.[24]

Parliamentary representation[edit]

Ulladulla is in the federal division of Gilmore, represented by Labor MP Fiona Phillips.[25] Ulladulla is in the state seat of South Coast.


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  2. ^ a b "Ulladulla". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "Ulladulla". OpenStreetMap. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Davidson, J. W., "Kendall, Thomas (1778–1832)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, retrieved 27 January 2023
  5. ^ "2021 Ulladulla, Census All persons QuickStats | Australian Bureau of Statistics". www.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 27 May 2023.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ulladulla (state suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ a b "Regional Population: Population estimates by Significant Urban Area, 2009 to 2019". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 3 November 2020. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Australian Climatic Zones (Map)". BOM website. BOM. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Climate of NSW". BOM website. BOM. Archived from the original on 17 March 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Monthly Climate Statistics for Australian Locations - Ulladulla AWS". BOM website. BOM. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Minor Ports Program". Land management. New South Wales Department of Lands. 2006. Archived from the original on 3 October 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2006.
  12. ^ Dunn, Cathy (1999). "Ulladulla Harbour". Local History of Milton Ulladulla. ulladulla.info. Retrieved 10 April 2006.
  13. ^ "Warden Head Lighthouse (listing RNE19898)". Australia Heritage Places Inventory. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
  14. ^ The Ulladulla Harbour Tramway Longworth, Jim Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, July 1994 pp 196-199
  15. ^ "Ulladulla's Blessing of the Fleet - NRMA Motoring & Services". www.mynrma.com.au. Archived from the original on 3 September 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  16. ^ "South Coast of New South Wales". galleryaustralis.com.
  17. ^ Timetables Premier Motor Service
  18. ^ "Timetables". Ulladulla Buslines. June 2019.
  19. ^ "Ulladulla Public School in the School history database search". New South Wales Department of Education. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Ulladulla High School in the School history database search". New South Wales Department of Education. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Mr Winter David Warden (1860–1936)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Mr. A. B. Shand, K.C., Dead". The Sydney Morning Herald. No. 34, 878. New South Wales, Australia. 4 October 1949. p. 4. Retrieved 11 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  23. ^ "MILK ACT PROBE". Singleton Argus. New South Wales, Australia. 15 February 1933. p. 3. Retrieved 11 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  24. ^ "Ulladulla news, sport and weather | Milton Ulladulla Times". Ulladullatimes.com.au. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  25. ^ "Gilmore (Key Seat) - Federal Electorate, Candidates, Results". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 28 November 2021.

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