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. Sculptures at Killalea

    Friday 21 September 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018 , Shellharbour

    The 2018 Sculptures at Killalea festival is shaping up to be the biggest to date with 87 installations across three sites - Killalea State Park, Stockland Shellharbour and the newly-opened Civic Centre. The ten-day festival is a celebrati…

    21 Sep - 23 Sep
  2. Shellharbour Bike About

    Sunday 23 September 2018 , Shellharbour

    The annual Shellharbour Bike About event is held as part of NSW Bike Week in September to encourage people to cycle for health and environmental benefits. Bike about is a family fun day starting with a healthy breakfast followed by a selec…

    23 Sep
  3. Fox Superflow sealed by Stan's - Greenvalleys

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018 , Albion Park

    Race the Fox Superflow sealed by Stan's in 2018 - there are six series events throughout the year and each race is a standalone event, but you can collect points for an overall ranking! This event will take you to one of the hottest new m…

    29 Sep - 30 Sep
  4. RedAss Downhill State Round - Greenvalleys

    Sunday 30 September 2018 to Monday 01 October 2018 , Shellharbour

    This action-packed round of the official RedAss Downhill Enduro Series will take you to the hottest downhill tack in New South Wales: Green Valleys Freeride Park near Shellharbour. Organisers from Rocky Trail Entertainment are expecting mo…

    30 Sep - 01 Oct
  5. Aircraft Museum Tarmac Day - HARS Aviation Museum

    Friday 12 October 2018 to Sunday 16 December 2018 , 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 …

    12 Oct - 16 Dec
  6. Dogs Day Out

    Sunday 28 October 2018 , Albion Park

    Enjoy a fun filled day with your furry friend at Dogs Day Out! This year’s program is jam packed with loads of fun activities to get everyone’s tail wagging including competitions, stalls, and a one kilometre dog walk with a chance to win …

    28 Oct