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Sydney: Sublime Point Lookout

Destination Revisited

With 180 degree views over the sea, the rainforest and the 17 beaches that span the coastline from Wollongong to Kiama, Sublime Point Lookout in Bulli is an amazing rest stop for tourists on their way to Wollongong. Sublime Point Lookout is located on the summit of the Illawarra Escarpment. Bulli is a northern suburb of Wollongong situated on the South Coast of New South Wales. It is located 72 km south of Sydney via the M1 and the Princes Highway.

History has it that Governor Lachlan Macquarie, upon first sighting this remarkable vista in 1822, wrote: "On our arrival at the summit of the mountain, we were gratified with a very grand magnificent bird's eye view of the ocean, the 5 Islands, and of the greater part of the low country of Illawarra ... The whole face of the mountain is clothed with the largest and finest forest trees I have ever seen in the colony."

How to get there

The quickest way from Sydney is to take the M1 motorway and the Princes Highway south. You leave Sydney, and enter greater Wollongong just before the freeway starts. It is about 50 minutes drive to this point. There is free ample parking on the premises.

Where to eat

Altitude1148 Café and Restaurant serves up café style food 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm and dine in options Friday and Saturday until 8 pm. The cafe boasts scenic views from the floor to ceiling glass windows.

The drive to Sublime Point is picturesque and mesmerising. On a clear, sunny day, you can expect to find snap happy travellers with their cameras posing away on the lookout deck. The beauty of the surroundings, coupled with the location off the Princes Highway, is what makes this one of the most popular spots on the NSW South Coast.

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