Sublime Point walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 0.7km

  • Duration: 30mins

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: 661 Princes Hwy, Maddens Plains

  • End: 661 Princes Hwy, Maddens Plains

  • Location: Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

  • Closest Town:

  • Distance from CBD: 77.7 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -34.29653974

  • Longitude: 150.9251342

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Sublime Point walking track is a 0.7km, grade 4 one way hike, located in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 30mins to complete.

Hike Summary

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.

About the region

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.

Getting there

To Princes Highway, Bulli Tops. 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:Turn left from Lawrence Hargrave Drive onto Henley/Kirton Roads, Austinmer.Turn left onto Hill Street, then right onto Foothills Road.The track branches off the footpath that joins Foothills Road and Buttenshaw Drive, Austinmer. Park entry points Princes Highway, Bulli Tops See on map Parking Parking is available at Sublime Point lookout.


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

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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