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Forest walk to Sublime Point track

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Forest walk to Sublime Point track.

Track grading

Features of this track


14km one-way


5 - 6hrs

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Experienced bushwalkers


Very steep


Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

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    Forest walk to Sublime Point track is in the Stanwell Park-Austinmer precinct of the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. To get there:

    By car:

    • From Stanwell Park, follow Lawrence Hargrave Drive for approximately 1.3km
    • The walk begins at the Wodi Wodi trackhead, on the right.

    Alternatively, if starting from Austinmer:

    • From Lawrence Hargrave Drive, turn into Moore Street
    • Crossover the railway bridge and continue straight along Balfour Road
    • Turn left into Hill Street and take the next left into Foothills Road
    • The walk begins at the Sublime Point trackhead, on the right.

    By train:

    • Take the South Coast line to Coalcliff station
    • Walk north approximately 600m along Lawrence Hargrave Drive, to the Wodi Wodi trackhead. The walk finishes in Austinmer.
    • Access to the Sublime Point trackhead is via Hill Street then Foothills Road


    Parking is available on Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coalcliff and Foothills Road, Austinmer. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.


    Enjoy a native wildflower display on the Forest walk.


    Cool your heels on the Mount Keira ring track, which threads through refreshing rainforest.


    Take advantage of the escarpment elevation for a spot of whale watching north of Mount Keira, or from one of the several lookouts.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    16.5°C and 25.6°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    8.3°C and 18.3°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    Drinking water

    You'll need to bring your own drinking and cooking water

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    For your safety, don’t leave the track or approach within 4m of any cliff edges.

    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).


    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    Fires are not permitted


    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Forest walk to Sublime Point track

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    Park info

    • in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area in the South Coast region
    • Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. However, it is recommended that bushwalking only be undertaken during daylight hours because of the presence of cliff edges and other hazards.