Ulladulla is the main hub of the southern Shoalhaven. One of the most picturesque spots is the Ulladulla boat harbour. With its distinctive rocky breakwater, it is the natural centre of this delightful seaside township. The harbour has played an important role in the development of the area, its establishment in 1859 providing a necessary port for the local pioneering trades of sawmilling, farming and a tannery. Cargo provisions were traditionally unloaded on the beach.
Today the harbour shelters local leisure craft and a fleet of commercial trawlers with a new marina planned. Ulladulla is renowned for its seafood and the local co-operative at the harbour is a great place to buy ‘fresh off the boat’ fish-of-the-day. The colourful Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony is held annually on the harbour breakwater. This is a time-honoured custom borne by local Italian/Australian fishermen, where trawlers are decorated and blessed and a carnival-like family atmosphere pervades with much bon ami, all capped off with a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour.
Aside from delectable seafood, Ulladulla’s Food and Wine Festival by the Sea and the annual Escape ArtFest both lend colour and character to the area’s already evident attractions, adding to its reputation as a providore’s heaven.
For the visitor, there are some fine restaurants in town (all easy to find) and an excellent cultural walking track at North Head. Constructed in two loops of one kilometre each, the tracks are suitable for wheelchair access, and are a fascinating journey into the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history of the area. They take in Aboriginal carved artworks and travel on to stunning lookouts over the harbour and coastline.