Where we live
Gateway to the NSW Illawarra and South Coast: Wollongong,
Shellharbour, Shoalhaven and surrounds has it all; spectacular
beaches, temperate climate, beautiful scenery, quaint towns to
explore and activities galore.
Whether it’s a big city, with a country town feel or a laid-back coastal village, there is a home for everyone in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven and plenty of activities to help ensure the work life balance is more than a dream.
In the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, the ocean is never far away and with more than 100 beaches to choose from plus a number of rock pools and ocean baths, there is sure to be one that would appeal to everyone. Whether for surfing, swimming, walking, making sand castles, exploring the rock pools or playing a game of beach cricket, our beaches are sure to surprise and delight. Fishing and whale and dolphin watching are other popular water-based activities well catered for in the area.
The region’s many lakes, basins and rivers are a haven for
kayakers, boaters and sailors. There are also many walking and
cycling tracks to take in the beautiful scenery.
With a temperate climate, our waterways can be enjoyed all year round. Dog lovers are also catered for with off-leash areas at a number of beaches.
Weekends outdoors are a treat with more than 300,000 acres of
National Parks to explore. The parks boast a variety of walking
tracks, catering for recreational walkers right through to the
most experienced hikers.
The many children’s playgrounds and picnic areas provide perfect fun and relaxation for families, while birdwatchers will also be entertained by the variety of birds frequenting the area, ranging from eagles to the vulnerable Pink Robin.
Wollongong Botanic Gardens it is a great place to explore, with its network of paths and hidden treasures to discover. There is a vast array of activities for all ages from guided walks and community workshops to an all abilities playground for children. The gardens also has an outdoor reading room. Just grab a book, kick off the shoes, sit on the grass on a beautiful spring day and soak up some Vitamin D.
Booderee Botanic Gardens near Jervis Bay is the only Aboriginal-owned botanic gardens in Australia. Visitors can learn about bush tucker and the medicinal use of plants.
Shopping and entertainment precincts
Retail connoisseurs won’t be disappointed with the array of
shopping choices, from big complexes to boutique shops.
The major centres also have state-of-the-art entertainment venues with a yearly program of concerts, catering for a variety of tastes. From children’s entertainment to big name stars, there is something for everyone.
Local produce and craft markets up and down the coast also provide mid-week and weekend enjoyment.
Restaurants and eateries
Whether it’s fine dining, hatted restaurants or quirky cafes in back street laneways, the array of choice is not going to disappoint. With multi-cultural influences, fresh seafood and home-grown produce, the local fare is something to be relished. Not to mention coffee - there are plenty of great places along the coast and inland to get a good cuppa.
Throughout the Illawarra and Shoalhaven there are a variety of
educational facilities for primary and high-school aged
The University of Wollongong is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide and TAFE NSW has 14 locations in the Illawarra from Wollongong in the north, down to Bega and the Southern Highlands.
The region also boasts a vibrant arts precinct, with Wollongong Art Gallery and the Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery as well as smaller art galleries up and down the coast, including Shellharbour and Kiama. For classical musical lovers there is the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, with a variety of programs to suit all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens.
Sports and Adventure
The area has many sporting fields, golf courses and play areas.
There are also a variety of clubs to join, from surf, soccer,
cricket, hockey and football for all ages and fitness levels.
The local NRL team is the St George Illawarra Dragons while the Illawarra Hawks are the local national basketball team.
If thrills and adventure is more your style, the Illawarra Regional Airport hosts a number of aviation and tourism businesses, while the HARS Aviation Museum is a chance to view historic aircraft up close.
Visit the following websites to learn more about the beautiful Illawarra, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven districts.