Bulahdelah is a country town on the banks of the Myall River near its junction with the Crawford River, named from an Aboriginal word thought to mean "the meeting of the waters". The town is the gateway to the major attractions of Myall Lakes National Park, Bombah Broadwater, Myall River, Alum Mountain, The Grandis and Bulahdelah Court House.
Points of interest:
1. Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre: Your first stop when visiting any country town should the visitor information centre, you'll find helpful volunteers who can give you much more information than you'll find online. And some local tips and secrets too.
2. Court House Museum: The most interesting old building in town is the Court House on a hill to the east of town overlooking the Myall River. Built in 1886 it has been restored as a museum. The cells out the back are definitely worth a visit.
3. Wade Park: Wade Park is the perfect stopover when traveling with kids, they'll love the playground while you set up on the picnic tables.
4. Alum Mountain Trail and Mine Walk: Situated at the base of the Alum Mountain, the former site of the alunite processing plant, the precinct has been transformed into a natural park and picnic area. Also known as Bulahdelah Mountain, it includes an aboriginal scatter site, scarred trees, former Alum Mountain house site 'Twin Dams' including tramway, mullock heap, boiler wall and clay brick crucible.
Wootton is a small hilltop town surrounded by cattle farms, equestrian enterprises, state forest and national parks. It also boasts an active community based around the community centre plus cafes serving locally grown produce. Behind Wootton are forests that are perfect for bike riding and trekking. The area is also a great day trip away from the coast.
Points of interest:
The Grandis: The Grandis is a 400-year-old Flooded Gum that pierces the canopy on the western edge of Myall Lakes National Park. At 76.2m high and with an enormous 11.5m circumference at its base, the Grandis rates as one of, if not the tallest tree in NSW. Spared by loggers who extensively harvested the area in the late 1970s, this ancient gum might be matched by taller trees hidden elsewhere in this national park, but nothing detracts from the humbling experience of standing beneath such a giant.
The Grandis in Myall Lakes National Park stands over 76m tall making it one of the tallest trees in NSW.
Wootton Historical Railway Walk: This walk can be found in the Wang Wauk State Forest. This six kilometre walk starts off at Sam's Camp Picnic Area, with Wang Wauk Forest Way marking its halfway point. Logging began in the Bulahdelah forests as early as the 1820s and bullock trains were first used. They were changed for a tramline, initially horse-drawn but later pulled by steam locomotive.The light railway was constructed in 1890 to cart timber from the forests to the Coolongolook River and to Mayers Point on Lake Myall where it was placed on punts. The wood was used in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Melbourne docks. The first section of the walk takes in rainforest and cleared, grassy areas used by logging vehicles in the early 1900s. The walk follows significant remnants of old logging railways and mossy bridges, passing by waterfalls, creeks and through gully rainforests and magnificent flooded gums, before finishing at the remains of what was once a trestle bridge.