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. Shellharbour Ocean Swim

    Event dates to be confirmed: April 2019 , Shellharbour

    The Shellharbour Ocean Swim is open for all ages. Starting on the sandy foreshore at Shellharbour Boat Harbour, heading through the harbour entrance, then swim out and north around Cowries headland, follow the foreshore to Cunji Rock…

  2. Aircraft Museum Tarmac Day - HARS Aviation Museum

    Friday 12 April 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…

    12 Apr - 16 Jun
  3. Everyone Can Community Sports Event

    Wednesday 24 April 2019 , Shellharbour

    Everyone Can is a community sports event that is aimed at the youth of the Illawarra. It is being facilitated Uniting's Ability Links program in conjunction with P.C.Y.C in Lake Illawarra. The event consists of providing a range of…

    24 Apr
  4. Wings Over Illawarra

    Saturday 04 May 2019 to Sunday 05 May 2019 , Albion Park

    Australia's best annual airshow, and situated right on Sydney's doorstep. See jaw-dropping aerobatics, relive the past with a spectacular display of classic warbirds and amazing vintage aircraft of yesteryear. Be inspired by the…

    04 May - 05 May