Perfectly positioned between the picturesque Illawarra Escarpment and the blue waters of the Tasman Sea, Shellharbour is a vibrant destination just 90km from Sydney on the South Coast of NSW. Discover gorgeous beaches, world-class surf breaks and famous dive sites. Or lace up your hiking boots and explore rare littoral rainforests, waterfalls, and magnificent state and national parks.
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. 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.
Enjoy the serenity of Lake Illawarra by learning to stand-up paddle board 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.
Along the stunning coastline, relax on white sandy beaches and enjoy surfing, swimming and fishing, as well as diving and snorkelling. Killalea is a pristine reserve with lagoon and rainforest walking trails, and amazing beaches including two National Surfing Reserve breaks, The Farm at Killalea Beach and Mystics at Minnamurra Beach.
Bass Point Reserve is a place of significant cultural and natural heritage, which you can explore on a self-guided indigenous walk. There are six shipwrecks off the coast, the first dating back to 1879. Shellharbour Scuba Centre offers diving tours in the area including Bushrangers Bay Aquatic Reserve, where underwater cliffs are teeming with marine life.
The delightful seaside town of Shellharbour Village is perfect for a beach holiday with cafes, restaurants and specialty shops. A short drive west is Albion Park, home to Macquarie Pass National Park and the Cascades rainforest walk where you can dip your feet and cool off at the waterfall.
You’ll find more exciting things to do in Albion Park, including Australia’s largest air show, Wings Over Illawarra, held each May at Illawarra Regional Airport. For an unforgettable experience, try a scenic joy flight with Touchdown Helicopters to get a bird’s eye view of Shellharbour from the sky.
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 cliffs of the Illawarra Escarpment.
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.