Bass Point Reserve

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

Bass Point Reserve is a 72 hectare coastal jewel, located just south of Shellharbour Village and contains one of the few littoral rainforest areas in the Illawarra.

The reserve is recognised as one of the most important archaeological sites on the NSW coast and is listed on the Australian Heritage Commission register.

17,000 years before the Egyptians built the pyramids, the Aboriginal people were using Bass Point as a regular campsite. A self guided Aboriginal Indigenous Cultural walk is on site with plaques highlighting detailed information.

In May 1943 an American merchant ship ‘Cities Services Boston’ sank off Bass Point during a storm. No sailors’ lives were lost, four Australian soldiers who went to the aid of the ship’s crew were drowned. An annual service is held.

Bass Point has great fishing and is a well known as a diving location. A boat ramp and public amenities are also available.


Aboriginal Culture Birdwatching Carpark Disabled access available Fishing History & Heritage Indigenous themes and/or interpretation Picnic Area Public Toilet Scuba Diving Swimming Walk


Free Entry

Trading Times

Check In: 6:30 am
Check Out: 8:00 pm

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