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. 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
  2. Kids Fishing Workshop, Illawarra

    Wednesday 09 January 2019 , Shellharbour

    New South Wales Fisheries runs four hour kids fishing workshops for eight to 14 year olds. The kids learn how fish responsibly in a safe and fun environment. NSW DPI fishing workshops include fun lessons on fishing techniques, information…

    09 Jan
  3. Australia Day Breakfast by the Lake

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Shellharbour

    Celebrate Australia Day with Breakfast by the Lake. The day includes a huge AUD4 breakfast, citizenship ceremony, civic ceremony including presentation of the Australia Day Citizen Awards and ambassador address and free entertainment. Bre…

    26 Jan