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INTRODUCTION:

Bulahdelah (the name) is derived from the Aboriginal name and means 'Great Rock.' The town has had some 13 spelling changes over its history. Bulahdelah is about an hour north of Newcastle on the Pacific Highway and is a great base for exploring the Myall Lakes National Park.

 

CAMPING:

Strike-a-Light Camping Area:

This camping area is found within the Myall River State Forest. From Bulahdelah take the Markwell Road and turn right into Cedars Road. This leads to the Myall River State Forest. At the junction with Cabbage Tree Road turn right and then left into Strike-a-Light Road.

 

WALKING:

Alum Mountain Park:

The Alum Mountain Park is located just off the Pacific Highway near Bulahdelah. The park has two lookouts with excellent views of the Myall Lakes and Bulahdelah, as well as several walking trails. The area is also used as a rock climbing area. The mountain was named by explorer John Oxley in 1818. The area is now included in the Bulahdelah State Forest.

Alum Mountain has a number of tors which have been modified in the past due to mining. It is the only exposed outcrop of alunite in the world and was mined for two periods, the first from 1878 to 1927 and the second period from 1934 to 1952. The Mountain Park was once the site for the dumping of alunite which was transported down the mountain via a flying fox operation. A tram line then carried the raw material to the Myall River at the wharf which is located near the Plough Inn at Bulahdelah.

There are some 89 species of orchid on the mountain, including the rare Rhyzanthella slateri (Eastern Underground Orchid). A number of native animals and birds are also found on the mountain including Koalas, Bent-Wing Bats, Little Bent-Wing Bats and the Glossy Black Cockatoo.

The Top Picnic Area is located at the top of the road that leads up the mountain. There is a car park and a small picnic area. The road up the mountain is a dry weather road only and I would suggest generally not for 2-wheel drive vehicles at anytime in its current condition. From here there are a number of short walking tracks. The Alunite Trail leads to the Mountain Lookout which is about a 30 minute walk (including return). The lookout provides great views over the town of Bulahdelah and to the west of Alum Mountain. The Tunnel Quarry Trail is a very short walk from the picnic area (about 5 to 10 minute return) and includes a small tunnel of 2 to 3 metres length.

The Ted Baker Trail is probably about a 20 to 30 minute return walk and starts from the road just before the Top Picnic Area. This walk follows the old tramline from the tunnel quarry to Ted Baker Lookout. There are great views of the Myall River and toward Hawks Nest and beyond.

The Twin Dams Walk is a 20 to 30 minute return walk through the forest and passes several creeks and dams. This walk begins at the Mountain Park at the base of Alum Mountain. There is a boardwalk at the beginning of the walk.

Bulahdelah - Alum Mountain

 

ABOVE: Some footage of the road up Alum Mountain

 

Sam's Camp:

Sam's Camp is accessed via Wootton. From Wootton take Squires Road into the forest. This is a day use area that marks the start of the Wootton Historical Railway Walk (which can be difficult to locate).

The Wootton Historical Railway Walk passes through rainforest and ends at the Trestle Bridge Picnic Area.

 

Trestle Bridge Picnic Area:

The picnic area is found off Horses Creek Road in the Wang Wauk State Forest. From Wootton, take Squires Road into the forest before turning onto Horses Creek Road. The picnic area is located near the remains of an old trestle bridge and logging tramline. Please note that there isn't much to see.

For more (including photos) see Wang Wauk State Forest.

 

PHOTOS:

Bulahdelah - Alum Mountain

 

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