Bulahdelah is an easy-going and friendly country town, situated on the northern banks of the Myall River. This river leads into the famous Myall Lakes, where holiday-makers can hire houseboats for a reasonable sum, and totally relax away from the hustle and bustle of every-day life. They can be guaranteed to spend an enjoyable and memorable holiday on the lakes, and it all seems to finish too soon.
While tourism is one of the main sources of income for the town today, in the past, the residents have derived much of their livelihood from the timber industry. The area is surrounded by a number of national parks, and also boasts one of the country's tallest trees. There are many walking trails through these parks, and they also are well equipped with barbecue areas and camping grounds.
It is located only about 100 km north of Newcastle, and is an easy 2-1/2 hours run up the freeway from Sydney. The population is around 1,100, and looks to the larger centres of Forster and Taree for employment. However there are growing prospects in the town for cyber-commuting, and it is to be hoped that the Internet will play a valuable role in helping the town stay together.
Bulahdelah was first settled by Europeans in the mid 1800's. Timber grants were given during the 1830's and boat building began on the Myall Lakes in the 1840's and most of the timber cut in the district was used for this purpose. The Myall River Post Office at Bulahdelah was opened in 1863, the first public school was opened in 1868 and a wooden courthouse and gaol were erected in 1871. In 1877 a telegraph office was opened, the same year Bulahdelah was officially named.
Fairfax Walkabout - Bulahdelah, NSW
Compiled by Liz Parkinson
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