This walk from the pretty suburb of Austinmer to Coal Cliff first climbs steeply up the Illawarra Escarpment to Sublime Point, where there are excellent views down the coast towards Wollongong (although a bit hazy on the day we did it). There’s a restaurant/cafe here in case you’re already hungry and/or thirsty. You then take the Forest Walk north, with more coastal views along the way. There’s attractive forest scenery throughout, including rainforest and open forest.
The track drops down the escarpment near Coal Cliff. The end of the Forest Walk connects with the Wodi Wodi Track, and you can continue on to Stanwell Park (which would be quite a long walk). Take a train from either Coal Cliff or Stanwell Park back to Austinmer, or do a car shuffle. And of course you can do the walk in the reverse direction.
And a couple of pictures from another occasion we did this walk in 2016…