At first glance the small township of Bulahdelah, lying approximately halfway between Newcastle and Taree, appears to be just a convenient place to take a break from driving. However, those who enjoy outdoor activities will find Bulahdelah an ideal base, as the area has some wonderful assets in the surrounding State Forests and the beautiful Myall Lakes. Ready access to Myall Lakes National Park, 12 kilometres south-east, is provided by the Myall River, which forms the town's southern boundary. Houseboats can be hired to explore the lakes and waterways of the park, and there are also public boat moorings and a deep-water ramp for large craft.
In Bulahdelah itself, Bulahdelah Mountain Park, approximately 2 kilometres down Meade Street, is a delightful spot with picnic and barbecue facilities.