Shellharbour Area


Discover the spectacular natural scenery of the Shellharbour region, including beautiful beaches, splendid rainforest and amazing underwater worlds. Enjoy world-class surf breaks in Killalea State Park, water sports on Lake Illawarra, delightful steam trains and aerial adventures.

  • Family at The Farm Killalea Beach, Shellharbour
  • Family at The Farm Killalea Beach, Shellharbour

Discover Shellharbour & surrounds

Enjoy the diverse beauty of the Shellharbour region, from gorgeous beaches and underwater intrigue to world-class surf breaks, a serene lake and an enchanting national park on the dramatic Illawarra Escarpment. You’ll find steam trains, water sports and other adventures.

This wonderful area on the NSW South Coast is less than two hours’ drive from Sydney and on the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive. The delightful seaside town of Shellharbour is perfect for a beach holiday and aquatic adventure. Just west is Albion Park, next to the Macquarie Pass National Park.


Along the Shellharbour coastline, relax on sandy beaches and enjoy surfing, swimming, fishing, and diving and snorkelling. Killalea State Park is a pristine reserve with littoral rainforest and two famous National Surfing Reserve surf breaks, The Farm at Killalea Beach and Mystics at Minnamurra Beach.

E​xplore scenic walkways ​through​ Killalea's green expanse, winding your way down to the beaches.​ Nearby is the Bass Point Reserve, a significant cultural and natural heritage site. In the waters off the point are six shipwrecks, the first dating back to 1879.

Sunrise, 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.

There are more exciting things to do and see in Albion Park, from steam train rides at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum to an aviation museum and aerial adventures. At the Illawarra Regional Airport, try skydiving and microlighting, and experience the thrill of a biplane aerobatic flight or a Top Gun jetfighter.

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    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...

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