Lake Illawarra

Lake Illawarra is located between the Illawarra escarpment and the Pacific Ocean on the NSW South Coast some 90 kilometres south of Sydney. Water flowing into it is both fresh (from the escarpment) and salty (from ocean tides).

The Lake is approximately 9.5 kilometres long and 5.5 kilometres wide, with an area of 33 square kilometres and a maximum depth of 3.7 metres. 13 boat ramps surround the lake and is a popular recreational location. The lake is a popular spot for fishing, prawning, and all water sports.

There is a boat and catamaran hire close by as well as several caravan parks. There is also a shared pathway that can be enjoyed by all.

Reddall Reserve on the foreshore of Lake Illawarra is a popular spot for picnics with its children's playground, amenities and kiosk.

Nearby events

  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. 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
  3. Sculptures at Killalea

    Friday 13 September 2019 , Shellharbour

    The Sculptures at Killalea festival is back in 2019! The ten-day festival is a celebration of art, colour, creativity and culture and is expected to be bigger and better than ever with a jam-packed schedule of workshops, artist talks and…

    13 Sep