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2019 Illawarra Festival of Wood - a celebration of Wood {South Coast}

The 2019 Illawarra Festival of Wood is about to come back in October!

“Every tree has a story” is the inspiration behind the Illawarra Festival of Wood. It is an experience for each and every one to discover, learn and participate in the story of wood and timber from tree to table. The Illawarra area has a longstanding history in timber products and crafts.

All started with the local Aborigines that where known for their unique handiwork with the iconic Cabbage tree Palms. By the way, Bulli is a Wodi Wodi (Tharawal) Aboriginal word meaning ‘two mountains’ (indicating the two points on the escarpment – Mt Kembla and Mt Keira). It was being called Bulli as early as 1815 by the cedar cutters who moved into the area. So, reviving the relationship to the region through sustainable and responsible stewardship of the resources, the trees is a significant inspiration for the Illawarra Festival of Woods.

Now all you have to do is take a trip to Bulli on the serene South Coast of NSW this October 12 and 13 to see those stories come to life through a range of exciting workshops, exhibitions, performances and much more.

Enliven your senses and celebrate some of the world's most respected artisans with a love for wood who have honed their craft to share their skills and creations with you at this special event the whole family can be part of.

Roll up your sleeves, get some hands-on skills or simply sit back and relax to learn, reconnect and discover or discuss woodwork with skilled makers of all ages and cultural backgrounds. It is time to take out the time to observe and appreciate those skills and think about our planet and how we can leave footprints by using sustainable ways when creating beautiful items but keeping in mind the beautiful planet that provides us with these beautiful resources.

Get to know some of the world's best spoon carvers, knife makers, traditional tool makers, timber surfboard makers and woodturners, with the opportunity to see some of the finest jewellery, floristry, sculpture, chainsaw carving, crafts, timber milling and more.

The beauty in my opinion of this festival is that it’s on the weekend and suitable for all ages from kids to adults and abilities. You will be able to taste some delicious food, coffee and even a bar, as well as live music and entertainment for the little ones.

Really you will be spoilt for choice! So, make sure you book your early bird tickets now! Ticket prices are affordable too with $11.10 per ticket and children under the age of 12years attending for free!

All ages and abilities welcome @Illawarra Festival of Wood


  • Arrive by Car: Bulli is located 72km south of Sydney via the MI and the Princess Highway. If you are keen to see a particularly dramatic and scenic route via the Royal National Park and Stanwell Tops, via the beautiful Seacliff Bridge it is 86km.

  • Lots of Parking at Bulli Showground

  • Public Transportis available via Train, a short 10-minute walk from the Bulli Train Station. The other option is to take the train to Thirroul more trains stop there and take a local Podpi(an on demand transport for Thirroul/Shellharbour)or Ueber/Taxi to the Showground.

  • Contactthe organiser Suzann on illawarrafestivalofwood@gmail.comwith any questions.

  • Refundsare issued up to 30 days before the festival, however terms and conditions apply.

  • Ticketsmust be presented upon entry. Perhaps just use your phone with the tickets on it, as this is more friendly towards our environment.

  • Dogsare welcome, but must be on the leash at all times and friendly.

  • Pick up rubbish.

  • Special requirements: You can avoid all steps, ramps are available. Toilets are large and cater for special requirements. In regards to workshops for special needs please contact the organiser Suzanne under

Links for more information:

Illawarra Festival of Woods:

Make a weekend out of it:

  • Accommodation: Find some gems on Airbnb or Destination Wollongong

  • Bushwalking is a beauty around the escarpment with

  • Sublime Point Lookout walk (starting in Austimer) – requires a reasonable amount of fitness

  • Wodi Wodi Track (Starting Stanwell Station) – around 3hr walk round trip, if you do it with kids, just make sure you have some snacks for the little ones, water, sunscreen and some deet in your insect repellent. With wet weather leeches might otherwise like you a lot.

  • Visit Wollongong with its beautiful harbour and restaurants.

  • Activity indoor play for the kids at the Science Spaceand the Early Start Discovery Space

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