south coast nsw





Situated conveniently between the city of Wollongong and the Kiama area, Shellharbour is a renowned destination for holiday makers.

map of shellharbour

Offering all the benefits of a larger municipality plus those of a seaside village, Shellharbour has plenty for all visitors.

The City of Shellharbour is bounded in the north by Lake Illawarra and by the Minnamurra River in the south. With waterways such as these, not to mention the region's fantastic beaches, it is easy to see why Shellharbour is a haven for lovers of watersports.

Lake Illawarra

Lake Illawarra is one of the Illawarra's major attractions. A wide range of watersports are enjoyed here including fishing and prawning, boating and waterskiing, sailboarding and windsurfing, jetskiing and swimming.



The foreshores of the lake provide many other recreational facilities including picnic areas, playgrounds, boatramps, and walking tracks. A bicycle path also follows the shoreline and a ride along it is a most enjoyable way to appreciate the lake's natural beauty including its array of flora and fauna.

Killalea State Park is one of the best surfing locations on the coast - just ask the locals. Three beautiful nature reserves are also here for exploration and enjoyment. Bass Point Marine Reserve provides some of the South Coast's best diving spots. Blackbutt Forest Reserve contains some of the last remaining coastal plain forest in the region. Trails here have access for walkers and cyclists.

National Parks

To the west of Shellharbour is the Macquarie Pass National Park through which runs the Illawarra Highway to the Southern Highlands at the top of the awesome escarpment which towers over the Illawarra region. This National Park offers wonderful views of the coastal plain and Pacific Ocean below. Its vegetation is lush rainforest and waterfalls cascade on their journey to the coast through this peaceful and rich environment.

Being one of the older settlements on this part of the coast, Shellharbour has had much practice at welcoming visitors and you'll find the country hospitality at local accommodation venues which include hotels, motels, bed abd breakfasts, caravan and camping areas and holiday rentals of apartments and houses.

Likewise the eating houses in the area offer a warm welcome with fine food, relaxed surroundings, a wide range of cuisines and prices to suit all pockets.

Water Activities

Whilst here explore our beautiful harbour with its beautiful foreshore recreational area. Also take a dip in our ocean pool and enjoy the local fish and chips whilst relaxing and just enjoying the harbour activity.

One of the Southern hemisphere's largest licensed clubs (the Shellharbour Workers Club) is situated in the north of Shellharbour and it welcomes visitors to its myriad facilities which include many poker machines, dining rooms, bars and much more. Live entertainment is presented here and at other venues in Shellharbour and we promise you'll never be bored with attractions and leisure activities abounding for all ages.