Shellharbour Area


Discover the natural beauty of the Shellharbour region, from gorgeous beaches and world-class surf breaks to rare littoral rainforest and a magnificent national park. You’ll find lovely nature walks, stand up paddle board adventures, aviation and railway museums, as well as amazing underwater worlds to explore.

Enjoy water sports on the serene Lake Illawarra. Learn to stand up paddle board with an accredited instructor, and explore the beautiful waterway between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean. You can also join a tour that will take you out at sunrise or for an ocean paddle.  

Along the stunning coastline, relax on white sandy beaches and enjoy surfing, swimming and fishing, as well as diving and snorkelling. Killalea is a charming reserve with rainforest pockets and two National Surfing Reserve surf breaks, The Farm at Killalea Beach and Mystics at Minnamurra Beach.

Explore nature walks in the Killalea's green expanse, winding your way down to the beaches. Nearby is the Bass Point Reserve, a significant cultural and natural heritage site. Here, too, are walking trails and littoral rainforest. In the waters off the point are six shipwrecks, the first dating back to 1879.

Couple snorkelling at Bushrangers Bay in Shellharbour

Shellharbour Scuba Centre offers diving tours in Bass Point’s marine area, including Bushrangers Bay Aquatic Reserve, where underwater cliffs are teeming with marine life. A short drive north is Lake Illawarra, perfect for a range of fun water sports. Picnics and cycling are popular on the foreshore.

On the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive, this wonderful region is less than two hours’ drive south from Sydney. The delightful seaside town of Shellharbour is perfect for a beach holiday and outdoor adventures. Just west is Albion Park, near the pretty Cascades rainforest walk in the Macquarie Pass National Park.

Couple stand-up paddelboarding at Lake Illawarra in Shellharbour.

You’ll find more exciting things to do in Albion Park, from steam train rides at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum and bushwalking, to aviation museum tours and the dazzling Wings Over Illawarra air show at the Illawarra Regional Airport. For an unforgettable experience, try a scenic joy flight with one of the following operators:

Golfers will be thrilled with the two splendid golf courses. The Links Shell Cove is near the Killalea State Recreation Park’s famous surfing spots, and the Calderwood Valley Golf Course is on the edge of the beautiful Illawarra Escarpment.


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  1. Aircraft Museum Tarmac Day - HARS Aviation Museum

    Friday 08 February 2019 to Sunday 16 June 2019 , Albion Park

    The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Aviation Museum (HARS) holds Tarmac Days displaying some of the unique aircraft held at its headquarters at the Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park. HARS is now home to the 747-438 "City of…

    08 Feb - 16 Jun
  2. The Bowls World Cup

    Sunday 03 March 2019 to Wednesday 13 March 2019 , Shellharbour

    The Bowls World Cup is an international lawn bowls tournament held at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club NSW. 21 nations from around the world having entered competitors in the 2019 World Cup. The tournament is one of the main events on…

    03 Mar - 13 Mar
  3. Bowls World Cup

    Tuesday 05 March 2019 to Wednesday 13 March 2019 , Shellharbour

    The Bowls World Cup will be staged at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club in NSW, and will see over 20 nations compete from Asia, the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North America in both male and female singles events. Free entry and…

    05 Mar - 13 Mar