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Forest walk to Sublime Point track

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area


Combining several hiking tracks, this extended day walk is one of the region’s best, taking in scenic views of the coast and Sydney, with access to nearby forest picnic spots.

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area
14km one-way
Time suggested
5 - 6hrs
Grade 4
Opening times

The walking tracks are always open, though it is recommended that the extended hike is only attempted in daylight hours.

What to
Hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • The southern end of Forest walk joins the Woodward track, which adjoins Sublime Point. Sublime track runs between Sublime Point and Austinmer.
  • The weather in this area can be unpredictable, so please make sure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

The Illawarra Escarpment offers a full range of exciting walks. This extended hike combines several of the best, threading through magnificent cliff-top rainforest and dry eucalypts.

Start the walk at either Coalcliff (Wodi Wodi track) or Austinmer (Sublime Point track). Both trackheads are a short stroll from the train station. Your path then ascends sharply before snaking a leisurely 11km along Forest walk. Views are superb across the panoramic coast below, as you wander through upland swamps and tall blackbutt-apple shale forest. You’re bound to capture some inspiring photos here.

You can cap it all off with a post-trek barbecue: at Sublime Point lookout, the track takes a steep turn down to Austinmer via a narrow cliff ledge and several ladders. The nearby Lady Fuller park, featuring picnic tables and toilets, offers a fitting end to your challenging, but rewarding hike.

Take a virtual tour of Forest walk to Sublime Point track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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Wildflowers hero, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area