Sublime Point Track

New South Wales

"It wasn’t just the steep climb that took my breath away - the incredible scenery left me breathless too."

Sublime Point walking track is one of the iconic treks of the Illawarra escarpment, and a challenging walk through lush coastal rainforest to the plateau above with incredible scenic views. The steep climb is ideal for experienced bushwalkers and a great nature escape only an hour from Sydney, north of Wollongong.

Starting at Sublime point lookout carpark, the track descends steeply with many steps through dense forests dotted with tree ferns and palms. Stop for a breather for some great birdwatching, and look out for yellow-tailed black cockatoos or raptor birds such as falcons and kestrels.

A series of ladders allow you to rock-hop your way down from the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views up and down the coast. Enjoy lunch at the picnic facilities or nearby cafe upon your return.

Public Transport
No Dogs Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Sublime Point walking track is in the Bulli precinct of Illawarra Escarpment Conservation Area. To get there:

From the top of the escarpment:

  • Take Old Princes Highway, approximately 12km south from Helensburgh to Bulli Heights.
  • Turn left into Sublime Point lookout, approximately 3km north of Bulli Pass.
  • The track begins 50m south-east of Sublime Cafe

From the bottom of the escarpment:

  • Train to Austinmer Station. Approximately 1km uphill from there to the start. Walk up either Balfour then Asquith St for a gentler climb or Hill Street then Foothills Rd for a steeper climb to the start.


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Awesome walk and beautiful lush forest. I did the descent in the rain but it didn't detract from the experience. Yes it is steep and the ladders won't be for everyone, but highly recommended. Fabulous view from the top, even in misty conditions.

David Marquard on 20 Sep, 2020

dont go by kms.. its not so easy.. this track is full of steps, but worth the view. we took gibson track for this one.

sonik on 18 Jul, 2020

Fantastic hike however not a good idea to tackle it during a 43 Deg C day.

Mark Sorensen on 7 Jan, 2018

Great walk that can get very busy on a weekend.

Be prepared for leeches if it has been raining and there will be some muddy parts. Also be prepared to have hands free for climbing the ladders (approximately 8 of them) towards the top.

Toilets, cafe and drinking water at the top, no facilities at the bottom.

Kathy65 on 1 Jul, 2015

The climb to Sublime Point Track is quite strong. There's also several ladders to climb. Legs were like jelly at the end. The view from the top is amazing, best on a clear day though.

rob.bushman on 15 Nov, 2014


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