You might not be familiar with this small coastal enclave just south of Wollongong, but there’s plenty about Shellharbour that’s worthy of attention. Like the excellent snorkelling and diving in a magical aquatic reserve, iconic surf breaks like the famed Mystics, a tranquil lake and river where you can test your SUP or kayaking skills, or a batch of activities that will get your adrenaline flowing.
Relax on white sand beaches all along the stunning coastline. Shellharbour is home to one of Australia’s few National Surfing Reserves at Killalea. Catch a wave at two iconic breaks, The Farm at Killalea Beach and Mystics at Minnamurra Beach.
Enjoy the serenity of Lake Illawarra by learning to stand-up paddleboard with an accredited instructor. For a special SUP experience join a sunrise or night tour. Drop a line in and try your luck at fishing or grab your bike (or hire one) and enjoy the scenic coastal cycleways.
A short drive west is Albion Park. Visit the HARS Aviation Museum, where you can sit in the pilot’s seat of an F-111 fighter jet or walk the wing of the record-breaking Qantas 747-400. The town is also home to Australia’s largest air show, Wings Over Illawarra, held each May at Shellharbour Airport.
Take a ride in carriages from the golden age of rail travel, hop on a steam or diesel train, and circle the grounds on a miniature train at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum. For an unforgettable experience, try a scenic joy flight with Touchdown Helicopters to get a bird’s eye view of Shellharbour from the sky.
There’s plenty for the kids as well. Zip around the track in a go-kart or challenge your friends to laser tag at C1 Speed Indoor Karting, then put on your skates and have fun rolling around the region’s only skating rink at Oak Flats.
Perfectly positioned between the picturesque Illawarra Escarpment and the blue waters of the Tasman Sea, Shellharbour is a vibrant destination on the NSW South Coast of NSW. Discover gorgeous beaches, world-class surf breaks, famous dive sites and magnificent national parks.
Just getting to the Shellharbour area from Sydney is exhilarating, a 120 km/two-hour journey south on the epic Grand Pacific Drive. Take in national parks, wild coastal scenery and the thrilling Sea Cliff Bridge. Having your own transportation is ideal, as plenty of attractions await en route. There are also flights available to Shellharbour Airport.
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