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Sublime Point walking track reopens after $320,000 upgrade

Sublime Point walking track, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

AUSTINMER’S famous Sublime Point walking track has reopened ahead of schedule after a $320,000 upgrade by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

The track was temporarily closed for essential safety and environmental protection works on May 31 2021.

NPWS Area Manager Graham Bush said that use of the track has increased significantly in the past few years and the important works were necessary to maintain the condition of the track and also accommodate an anticipated increase in visitation.

“These works will make sure that the track remains in good condition by fixing erosion and surface drainage issues,” said Mr Bush.

Mr Bush said maintenance of the steep one-kilometre was done by local NPWS staff and contractors over the last few weeks, and is aimed at improving safety for walkers, which includes areas along the track to rest and pass.

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.

Starting near Sublime Point, the track descends steeply from the lookout down the escarpment cliffs, through dense forests dotted with tree ferns and palms. A series of ladders and a giant staircase allow you to rock-hop your way down to Austinmer.

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

Sublime Point walking track, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

The track upgrade is part of a visitor infrastructure investment of NSW national parks, with the NSW Government investing $257 million to roll out 170 projects across the national parks estate.

The track upgrade is part of a visitor infrastructure investment of NSW national parks, with the NSW Government investing $257 million to roll out 170 projects across the national parks estate.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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