Bass Point Reserve is a 72 hectare coastal jewel, located just south of Shellharbour Village and contains one of the few littoral rainforest areas in the Illawarra. The reserve is recognised as one...
Shellharbour beaches and nature
Shellharbour is a naturally beautiful part of the world known for its surf beaches, including Killalea Beach, a National Surfing Reserve located within Killalea State Park. Take an exhilarating two hour guided Segway tour to the southern reaches of Killalea State Park, following trails through rainforests and over rolling green hills, before arriving onto Mystics beach. Or see marine life up close while snorkelling or diving at Bass Point Reserve.
Just an hour's drive south of Sydney, Shellharbour is a tranquil seaside township made up of picturesque beaches, parks and reserves. Located between the ocean and the dramatic Illawarra escarpment, and near the serene Lake Illawarra, the area's unspoilt natural setting provides plenty of ways to relax and explore.
Along the 20 kilometres of Shellharbour coastline, you'll enjoy surfing and swimming, fishing and snorkelling at local beaches. A highlight is Killalea State Park, featuring 265 hectares of pristine coastal reserve with some of the NSW South Coast's most alluring beaches. Walking trails here take you through rainforest areas, while other trails pass through extensive estuarine wetlands and seabird breeding areas.
You can also take exciting Segway Tours through the beautiful expanses of the Killalea State Park, winding your way down to the beaches and coastline.
Bushrangers Bay Aquatic Reserve offers some fine diving and snorkelling opportunities. Its most prominent feature is an underwater cliff face with hundreds of small cavities that shelter sea urchins, sea dragons and tropical fish. The waters and parkland around Lake Illawarra, ten minutes' drive from Shellharbour, also make for a vast playground, perfect for a family picnic, walks or cycling. Fishing, sailing, water skiing, and rowing are also very popular water sports on the lake.
Air sports and adventure activities nearby are many and varied. Take a scenic flight in a helicopter from Illawarra Regional Airport, learn to fly, try skydiving, microlighting, an aerobatic flight in a biplane or experience the adventure of a Top Gun flight.
Shellharbour provides a great getaway location to explore other nearby beaches and villages, including Albion Park.