Lake Illawarra

Natural Attractions

Lake Illawarra is located between the Illawarra escarpment and the Pacific Ocean on the NSW South Coast some 90 kilometres south of Sydney. Water flowing into it is both fresh (from the escarpment) and salty (from ocean tides).

The Lake is approximately 9.5 kilometres long and 5.5 kilometres wide, with an area of 33 square kilometres and a maximum depth of 3.7 metres. 13 boat ramps surround the lake and is a popular recreational location. The lake is a popular spot for fishing, prawning, and all water sports.

You can arrange to hire a boat or book into a Stand-Up Paddle day on the lake whilst watching the sunrise. Walk or cycle the Lake Illawarra Art Trail and explore the local history, Aboriginal heritage, flora and fauna.

Reddall Reserve on the foreshore of Lake Illawarra is a popular spot for picnics with its new Ninja children’s playground, picnic shelters, gas barbecues, toilet facilities and kiosk.

The lake is very popular for bird lovers. Lake Illawarra is a home, a nesting site and a food source for many birds.

Download the free touring app “Tread Shellharbour” on your Apple or Android device.

Facilities

Barbeque Cafe Carpark Kiosk Picnic Area Public Toilet

Activities

Birdwatching Canoeing/Kayaking Cycling Sailing Swimming Walks

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available

Rates

Free Entry

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