Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Framing Wollongong, the Illawarra Escarpment is a dramatic 30 million-years-old formation, offering scenic lookouts, hiking, walking, birding, and picnic spots.

Millions of years in the making, the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area features dramatic sandstone cliffs and a medley of different forest types, from sub-tropical rainforest to olive-green eucalypts and towering cedars. Throw in two accessible mountains, an abundance of colonial and Aboriginal heritage, and a stunning variety of birdlife, and you have a unique place with attractions to suit any taste.

Come for a serious bushwalk or a casual jog, visit a lookout in the winter for whale watching off the coast, or break out the binoculars for birdwatching. There are cycling opportunities on fire trails and plenty of chances to cool off in summer by retreating to a rainforest track. The area is also popular with families taking advantage of the picnic spot by firing up barbecues on Sundays.

And while the Conservation Area is just a stone’s throw away from Wollongong, once you’re surrounded by its natural beauty, you’ll feel entirely removed from the hustle and bustle of city living.

Nearby events

  1. Puckeys Night Market

    Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Wednesday 31 July 2019 , Wollongong

    On the last Wednesday evening of every month, an eclectic band of traders descend on The UOW Innovation Campus . This is a community meeting point to create a neighborhood for the Innovation community that lives and works at the University…

    27 Mar - 31 Jul
  2. Monochrome - Works from the Collection

    Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Sunday 11 August 2019 , Wollongong

    Black, white and every shade of grey in between, this exhibition lunges into the inky darkness and brightest light to explore the collection and includes painting, drawing, photography, prints and sculpture. Gallery hours: Tuesday to…

    27 Mar - 11 Aug