Bulahdelah Mountain Walk
Bulahdelah Mountain Walk
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This was a great little village for a stop off on our drive north and we enjoyed the steep walk through the woods to the lookout. There area few trails but they all reach the summit on the ridge
Written 29 February 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This little known walking trail to the top of Alum Mountain is a steep but lovely bush walk with a panoramic lookout at the top.
We had trouble finding the start of the trail. It helps if you look up directions to the Bulahdelah Skate Park on Scott St which is basically next to the trailhead. We ended up parking at the small carpark in front of the skate park and immediately spotted a large sign with a map of the trail. The trailhead is just a little to the right of this.
A flyover bridge takes you across the highway and just after this, we saw the sign for the Bulahdelah State Forest. From here, the path starts to lead you uphill.
At first you are following the Boolah-Dillah Track which joins up with The Mountain Track.
The trail consists of a wide, dirt bush track. It’s steep and although it becomes a little less steep after a while, it’s still an uphill climb the whole way. However it is a decent path and there's no scrambling over rocks or tree roots. Fortunately, a lot of the walk is quite shaded because there’s good cover from the towering gums and tree canopy.
We were intrigued by some elaborate indigenous carvings on the sides of giant eucalypts. The large carving of dolphins caught my eye. Traditionally, carved trees were cultural markers and functioned as grave posts or were used in elaborate initiation ceremonies. These more recent carvings recognise the land as being under the custodianship of the Worimi people.
Another interesting feature are the remains of the old alunite mines, abandoned quarry sites and the associated kilns and tram tracks. An information board near the entrance of the state forest gives some background on mining on the mountain.
Between the 1878 and 1952, alunite was mined extensively. Used mainly as a fertiliser and in the textile industry, it was much sought after during the world wars. In WWI it was used as a source of potash, important in the making of gunpowder and explosives. Later in WWII it provided a source of alumina which was used in the aviation and shipbuilding.
The return trail is almost 4km long and you should allow at least 2 hours for the return trip.
NOTE: there is an extra little trail, called the Ted Baker Track which leads to a different look out point. It leads off to the right at the point where the Boolah-Dillah and Mountain Tracks meet. It will add quite a bit more time onto your walk and we didn’t do this part.
Written 14 February 2024
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Kevin M
Schijndel, The Netherlands33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Nice walk with a good view over Bulahdelah. Not to steap path, max 2 hours return. Easy to walk with little children. Starts near the school, by crossing the bridge.
Written 16 November 2022
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Anita T
Forster, Australia11,760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
Bulahdelah Mountain which is also known as Alum Mountain is a fabulous walk. The Woremi people are the traditional custodians of this land and have made a wonderful cultural area with several tree carvings at the top of the access road.
The old road up to the walks is quite steep but has a good surface. The first things that stuck us walking up were the fabulous Grass-trees. They are so tall and have regenerated so well after the bush fires.
When you near the top of the road there is a track to the right to the Ted Baker Lookout. It is an 850m return walk with the last but being very steep. The views over the Myall River and the area are well worth the walk.
In the area you will see lots of old mine workings. They mined Alunite from the late 1800’s until 1958. It was the largest Alum mine in Australia and most of the processed ore went to England.
Past the cultural area the walk continues up quite a few stairs before levelling out to Alum Mountain lookout. You pass by several huge boulders which are stunning some of which after Rock Lillies and Thumbnail Orchids in bloom. The views over the township of Bulahdelah are breathtaking. Be careful at the end at the lookout as there is no railing and it is a cliff edge.
Written 6 September 2021
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