VISIT THE ILLAWARRA COASTAL VILLAGES

If you are looking for Illawarra accommodation why not stay in one of Illawarra's coastal villages? Directly south of Stanwell Park, visit the unique villages of Coalcliff, Clifton, Scarborough, Wombarra, Coledale, Austinmer, Thirroul and Bulli. Once coalmining settlements, they now contain fabulous boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries, cafes, beaches and accommodation.

When it comes to surfing, there are few places on the NSW coast that can cater for all wind and swell conditions.

Shellharbour, with its protected bays, open beaches and prominent headlands make it possible to find excellent waves in all conditions. For the experienced, there are reef breaks such as Shatters, Cowries and the unforgiving yet rewarding Redsands on the north side of Bass Point, protected from southerly winds. Those seeking a gentler wave can sample The Farm or Mystics, located in Killalea State park, one of the few places in Australia where the waves are so pristine, they’re protected by state legislation. Whatever you ride, shortboard, mal or bodyboard, you are certain to find something to “wet” your appetite. For information on Shellharbour Waterfront Properties, please search our accommodation page.

A short drive from your Shellharbour accommodation is The Links at Shell Cove was recently voted one of Australia’s top 50 Golf Courses for under $50. With a links style championship course, Shell Cove is both challenging and affordable. Open 7 days of the week to the public, the course is subjected to plenty of winds as the ocean is just a drive and pitch from the eastern boundary. This is a tough course and will play differently each time there is a wind change of any significance. From the clubhouse, the 18 hole par-71 course lies on 63 hectares featuring meandering creeks, with an additional 20 hectares of wetlands on the low point of the course. Book Shellharbour Holiday Rentals with South Coast Holidays by calling (02) 4234-2065.

  • With its close proximity to the coast and remnants of warm temperate rainforests, Shellharbour is perfect for those who wish to walk and watch. Within easy walking distance from Shellharbour Village is Bass Point reserve where you can take in native flora and fauna, or whale watch from various look out such as Bushrangers Bay and Maloneys Bay to take advantage of the coastal views. Today Bass Point is entered on the Register of the Australian Heritage Commission and is recognised as one of the two most important archaeological sites on the NSW coast.
  • Up the escarpment behind Shellharbour is Macquarie Pass National Park which was established in 1970 and protects a range of eucalypt forests, including one of Australia's most southerly stands of subtropical rainforest. There is plenty of scope for walking, bird watching, photography and nocturnal spotlighting. Picnic facilities are provided at the two sites described below at the bottom of the pass. Popular birds seen include; Fantails, Crimson Rosellas and various Kingfishers.

Shellharbour coastal village has a fantastic coffee scene with many popular cafes located along Addison St and by the ocean’s edge. There are also numerous home wares and boutique shops to stroll through after a relaxing cup of coffee or a delicious lunch. A short distance from the Village is Shellharbour Square which offers over 100 specialty shops for all your shopping needs. A mere 20 minutes drive will have you in Wollongong with all the shopping and dining that a big city has to offer.

There are countless activities and attractions for children and families to enjoy. From skate parks, to playgrounds, sports fields to museums there is something to keep kids of all ages entertained. Museums in the area include the HARS Historic Aviation Museum, the Illawarra Light railway where children can ride the miniature train. “Future world,” located on the waterfront of Lake Illawarra is a hands on experience where eco ideas come to life through a variety of interactive displays and experiences.

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