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Sublime Point walking track

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Overview

For a challenging walk through rainforest, Sublime Point walking track offers great birdwatching and scenic views across Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area.

Where
Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area
Distance
0.7km one-way
Time suggested
30 - 45min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Sunscreen, hat, drinking water
Please note
  • Please respect the residents of Foothills Road by keeping noise to a minimum when entering and leaving the track
  • Avoid parking across residential driveways on Foothills Road
  • There are no rubbish bins along the walk so please take your rubbish away with you 

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 near Sublime Point, the track descends steeply from Sublime Point lookout down the escarpment cliffs, 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 and a giant staircase allow you to rock-hop your way down to Austinmer. Enjoy lunch at the picnic facilities or nearby cafe before heading back down. If the hike up is enough for you though, you can organise a pick-up at the bottom of the track, or catch a train home from Austinmer Station.

Take a virtual tour of Sublime Point walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

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

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Sublime Point walking track, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Photo: Nick Cubbin