Shellharbour

Wollongong

Enjoy the laid-back pace of this pretty New South Wales coastal town. Explore its varied coastline, scenic harbour, local markets and nearby native bushland reserve.

With two beaches, a natural harbour and gorgeous Lake Illawarra nearby, Shellharbour is a fantastic place to enjoy beautiful ocean views or have an exciting adventure. Whether you’re boating, fishing, surfing, diving, swimming or simply indulging in the region’s fine seafood, you’ll find many ways to enjoy Shellharbour’s waters.

Shellharbour North Beach stretches from the town toward Barrack Point and Shellharbour South Beach runs from the harbour headland to Bass Point. Swim or surf on the beach breaks and wander to the rocky platforms at each end of the beach to explore rock pools with the kids. Dive or snorkel at Bass Point to observe the coast’s fascinating marine life. Lifeguards patrol these main beaches between Christmas and Easter.

Drop a fishing line or launch a boat from Shellharbour’s small recreational harbour. The harbourside park has a fun playground, picnic shelters and a saltwater swimming pool. A local market is held here on the fourth Sunday of each month. Pick up fresh produce or local souvenirs before heading to Shellharbour’s traditional pub and enjoying a drink while overlooking the harbour.

Shellharbour’s main strip, Addison Street, begins at the harbour. Wander along the street and check out the town’s shops, cafés and historical buildings. Follow the Shellharbour Village Heritage Trail using a map from the Shellharbour Visitor Information Centre. Sit at a café with outdoor seating and enjoy some of the town’s famous local seafood. See what’s showing at the Roo Theatre Company or catch a local cricket or football match at the town’s cricket oval.

In nearby Blackbutt Forest Reserve, explore the largest natural bushland reserve in the Illawarra with a mountain bike or on foot. Head to Lake Illawarra for scenic boating, canoeing and fishing adventures.

Reach Shellharbour within a 2-hour drive from Sydney or catch the coastal train to Oak Flats station and connect with local buses.


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Shellharbour Resort
Shellharbour Resort
3.5 out of 5
Corner of Shellharbour Road, & Ocean Beach Drive, Shellharbour, NSW, 2529
The price is $95 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 24
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly motel in Wollongong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
3.7/5 Good! (223 reviews)
"Staff were brilliant, had a very late check-in and they were very accomodating!"

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Shellharbour Resort
Shellharbour Village Motel
Shellharbour Village Motel
4 out of 5
28 Mary Street, Shellharbour, NSW, 2529
The price is $112 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly motel in Wollongong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (158 reviews)
"Very clean and friendly"

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Shellharbour Village Motel
NRMA Shellharbour Beachside Holiday Park
NRMA Shellharbour Beachside Holiday Park
3 out of 5
1 John Street, Shellharbour, NSW, 2529
The price is $106 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star holiday park in Wollongong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Shellharbour South Beach and North Beach are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Shellharbour great accommodation park.
"Having never visited Shellharbour previously we were very impressed with the place and position and condition of the Caravan Park was fabulous.Positioned right along the beach front and supplying all the expected goodies that you need when staying over, the Park exceeded our expectations. Very friendly ..."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

NRMA Shellharbour Beachside Holiday Park
Away On Addison - In the Heart of Shellharbour Village
Away On Addison - In the Heart of Shellharbour Village
Wollongong, NSW
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Wollongong. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Shellharbour South Beach and North ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Great location
"The apartment was in a great spot and was very spacious and clean. Air con would have really helped though as we had to leave windows open at night and the Main Street was quite noisy at times, especially in the morning when deliveries came. Debbie was fantastic, very helpful. She informed us that ..."

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2022

Away On Addison - In the Heart of Shellharbour Village
Shellharbour Village - 3 bedroom luxury apartment - Stunning ocean views
Shellharbour Village - 3 bedroom luxury apartment - Stunning ocean views
Wollongong, NSW
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Wollongong. Enjoy WiFi, in-room video-game consoles, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Shellharbour South Beach ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
4 out of 5
"We stayed for 2 nights. The property presented well just couldn’t give it a 5out of5 due to no wine glasses at all and bins were full and smelt of off fish so had to call manager to organise them to be taken away"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Shellharbour Village - 3 bedroom luxury apartment - Stunning ocean views
Shellharbour - 4 bedroom house with large pool, walk to beach & Village Cafes
Shellharbour - 4 bedroom house with large pool, walk to beach & Village Cafes
Wollongong, NSW
Stay at this vacation home in Wollongong. Enjoy private pools, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Shellharbour South Beach and North Beach are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Swimming pool
"It’s a roomy property but needs a heating and cooling system for second floor."

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Shellharbour - 4 bedroom house with large pool, walk to beach & Village Cafes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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