Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Lookouts and scenery

Lookouts and scenic vantage points

Bald Hill lookout

Location:  shown on Stanwell Park map

Facilities: flush toilets

Bulli lookout

Location:  shown on Bulli to Sublime Point map

Facilities: picnic tables, flush toilets, drinking water, cafe/kiosk

Byarong Park picnic area

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

Nestled in the Mount Keira foothills, this leafy picnic spot offers a terrific place to fire up the barbecue on a summer’s day. Its convenient location close to Wollongong, and great facilities make it a favourite for families and picnickers.

With plenty of kookaburras, lyrebirds and vibrant parrots overhead, it’s a good idea to bring binoculars for birdwatching. You might even spot an Australian brush turkey, once locally extinct but now on the rise in the Conservation Area.

Adventurers and historians will be able to follow the Mount Keira ring track, tracing some of Surveyor-General Thomas Mitchell’s 1834 road into the Illawarra. Strap on your hiking boots for a scenic walk before an afternoon sausage sizzle.

Activities: walking, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Mount Keira map

Getting there: Byarong Park picnic area is in the Mount Keira precinct of Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. To get there:

  • Heading south on the Southern Freeway from Waterfall towards Wollongong, exit at Figtree.
  • Turn left onto the Princes Highway
  • After 0.5km, turn left again onto Mount Keira Road. It is 3km to Byarong Park.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Byarong Park picnic area is:

  • Open sunrise to sunset

Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (free), flush toilets, carpark, lookout, trackhead/access point

Mount Kembla lookout

Wheelchair access: hard
Access is difficult, and assistance will be required.

Mt Kembla lookout is perched high on the western flank of Mt Kembla, on Cordeaux Road.

The lookout offers good views of Lake Illawarra and the coastal plain. It's a 30 minute walk uphill from suburban Mt Kembla village and public transport and is the starting point for the Ring and Summit tracks. There are no toilets or other facilities, but there is basic car parking.

Location:  shown on Mount Kembla map

Facilities: cafe/kiosk

Robertson lookout

Wheelchair access: easy

This area is fully wheelchair accessible.

This easily accessible lookout on the edge of the escarpment offers a scenic take on the area. Standing on the wooden viewing platform, the splendid Mount Keira looms in the centre of the amazing view, but you’re offered a clear view of the coast and lush rainforest too. Bring binoculars for birdwatching, keeping watch for kookaburras and lyrebirds. Flashes of colour might be local parrots foraging in the canopy below.

With a view this good, it’s tempting to linger for lunch. Picnic tables mean you can pack a basket and pass a relaxing afternoon watching the clouds float over the best remaining sub-tropical rainforest in the region. If you’re after a barbecue, the well-equipped Byarong Park is a good alternative, just a short drive away.

Activities: walking, motor vehicle use

Location:  shown on Mount Keira map

Getting there: Robertson’s lookout is in the Mount Keira precinct of Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. To get there:

  • Drive west on Mount Keira Road until you reach Harry Graham Drive
  • The lookout trailhead is 1km along Harry Graham Drive

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Facilities: picnic tables, carpark, lookout

Sublime Point lookout

Location:  shown on Bulli to Sublime Point map

Facilities: picnic tables, flush toilets, drinking water