Bulahdelah - Something for everyone, by Greg Tingle
There's something mighty special
about Bulahdelah, located 240 kilometres north
comes from the language of the Worimi Aborigines,
who once inhabited this beautiful part of the
world. It is said to refer to the "meeting
place of two rivers".
idyllic location has been on my "radar"
for a few years now.
you approach the township, you are advised by
road signage that the population is 1,100, which
is big enough to be a "real" town, but
not so small to be thought of as a "ghost
decade ago a mate of mine left Sydney for the
rural lifestyle of Gloucester, just "down
the road", and I thought he was mad at the
unique about Bulahdelah is that there is really
something for everyone. It is unspoilt, yet, enjoys
some of the mod cons of city life, like power,
water, shops, satellite TV, community swimming
pool, town newsagent, library, pharmacy, and even
an Internet café, operated by the Bulahdelah
Telecentre, a DCITA initiative.
making the relocation, a mere fortnight ago, my
favourite part of the day is watching the sunrise,
with the spectacular Alum Mountain visible, whilst
smugly sipping the world-class cappuccinos from
the Stroud Street Café. Occasionally I
take the leisurely drive to Seal Rocks, to inhale
in the freshest sea winds you will ever experience.
awe inspiring Alum Mountain is surrounded by Bulahdelah
Mountain Forest Park, which would no doubt be
the pride and joy of State Forests NSW. This unique
forest is as lush and green as they get.
to "suburbia". The township even sports
a visitors' centre, which is basic, yet well equipped,
and boasts down to earth customer service, and
more free maps and information than you can poke
a stick at.
a few blocks away, what should you find but the
town club. Bingo,
live entertainment, FOX Sports and darn good Aussie
and international tucker. I'm told they even have
aerobics on some weeknights. Yes, they also serve
the best of beer, both on tap and over the counter.
liquid lovers of the other breed, Myall Lakes
offers picturesque peace and tranquillity, a million
miles from worry. Fear not, it doesn't have to
be via primitive transportation either, with luxury
house boats and all available. But be quick
word has spread, and I hear these getaways are
quickly turning into "book well in advance"
of gigs, there's always something coming up. In
a few weeks time The Bulahdelah Show Society will
be presenting The Bulahdelah Junior Rodeo, direct
from the Bulahdelah Showground, of course. Many
of the town's population will be there, and folks
have been known to travel hundreds of kilometres
to attend this "yee-ha" event. It's
not just about bulls and ponies - there will also
be family events like the good old fashioned flag
and barrel races. Sports and entertainment is
indeed big on the Bulahdelah calendar.
town also has an artistic and creative representation.
Witness the Bulahdelah School Of Arts, and a sprinkling
of independent artists, authors and the like;
who often create their own (unobtrusive) sign
and logo, and place it on their letterbox or fence
post. With names like "Possum Brush Gallery",
who could resist? The hand made signs are a thing
of beauty, and I thought I would never say this,
but Bulahdelah could do with a touch more advertising.
(My entrepreneurial spirit is far from dormant).
now, you might be thinking of investing in this
paradise on earth. The good news is that the area
is serviced by a couple of real estate agents,
Realty International and Edes. Properties are
available to examine on their respective websites,
or, if you don't like technology, by 4x4!
whether you're a local, a tourist passing through,
or even searching for a sea change, come up and
is as unspoilt as an inhabited town gets; it's
friendly as, and just far enough from the big
cities to keep "the nasties" away. Should
council ever consider putting forward a town slogan,
I'm suggesting "Beautiful Bulahdelah".
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by the author, Greg Tingle
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