Meet the hostess of the Bulli Railway Guesthouse

THE tradition of hospitality continues within the historic walls of what is known today as the Resin Brewery at Bulli. The recently restored heritage building has evolved into a speciality brewery, offering delicious meals and entertainment. Originally built as the Bulli Railway Guest House, this rare image depicts Sarah Heard, who greeted her countless guests…

Bulli Pass Touring Car

THE “WHITE 50” DE DUXE TOURING CAR (BODY BY SMITH AND WADDINGTON), OPERATED BY MR. NORMAN DAY, OF COOGEE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE N.S.W. GOVERNMENT TOURIST BUREAU. IT IS USED FOR DAILY TOURS FROM SYDNEY TO BULLI. – Sunday Times Sunday 30 December 1923  Would you like to make a small donation towards the running…

Before Sea Cliff Bridge…

  THE PICTURESQUE COASTAL ROAD TO ILLAWARRA THE BLUFF AT COALCLIFF, LOOKING NORTH. The coastal route from Sydney to the South Coast is much used by motorists, and in several places the road runs close to the edge of the ocean. The coastal road serves the towns between Sydney and Thirroul, but many travellers to…

Bulli tourism, 1906 style…

THE district of Bulli is a liberal contributor to the charming scenery of ‘Beautiful Illawarra.’ For its sublime grandeur the “Look-out” has become world-famous. A well-kept road zig-zags up the steep mountain side through a jungle of semi-tropical shrubbery, here and there varied by tall gums. Half-way up the undergrowth, is denser, and occasionally forms archways…

Bulli Rats Eat Cats

SYDNEY, Tues: Cats at Bulli are not eating the local rats — they are being eaten by them. The rats (some of them big as rabbits) swarm around the old rubbish dump near the beach. Beach kiosk proprietor J Makin brought in cats to cope with the rats. Some of them disappeared. He discovered why when he found the partly-eaten body of one. The conquering rats have now eaten through the inch thick hardwood…

Smedley’s Hill, Bulli

By MICK ROBERTS © BULLI has many long-lost geographical names. One of the more interesting is “Smedley’s Hill’, just north of Bulli Public School. Convict, Samuel Smedley made his wealth through his artistic skills, and has largely been forgotten for his pioneering efforts. Born in 1807 he arrived in New South Wales to serve a…

Go south to Bulli

Holiday in Bulli for a week, for just £3 2 shillings – including a baby sitter! To those similarly situated to myself, I can strongly recommend the South Coast line for a pleasant holiday of a week’s duration. Last month, having a week’s holiday, and not knowing where to spend it, by chance I went…

The Premier’s Lookout

By MICK ROBERTS © THE entrepreneurial Cyril Astley Maer was a determined character. If he had achieved his dream, reached his goal, more than 20 imposing Federation style Bungalow homes would have peered over the escarpment edge at Bulli Tops, beside the Panorama Hotel. His residential subdivision plan though was never realised. Captain Maer, as…

A week’s holiday in Bulli – for three quid!

Imagine spending a week’s holiday in the beautiful Illawarra for just £3 – well in 1906 that’s exactly how much it would have cost you! That price included your train fare from Sydney (second class, of course), your accommodation, tours to the famed Bulli Pass and lookouts, and incidentals. Pretty good bargain, I reckon! The…