Lake Illawarra


Lake Illawarra is a large tidal lake with a surface area of 35 square kilometres, and a 37 kilometres shoreline. The saltwater lake is home to majestic black swans, pelicans and other water birds and is a good prawning ground. Ideal for swimming, fishing, boating, kayak and Stand up paddle boarding.

For a great family outing visit Reddall Reserve. It has plenty of picnic and barbecue facilities and is a fun and safe playground for families.

Walk or cycle the three kilometre Lake Illawarra Art trail to explore local history, Aboriginal heritage, flora and fauna. The artworks along this trail were created by local artists in collaboration with the community.

Download the Tread Shellharbour app and take a virtual tour.

Quick Facts

Lake Illawarra is a suburb of Wollongong in New South Wales. It is located approximately 81kms from the capital Sydney covering an area of 1.674 square kilometres. Lake Illawarra has a recorded population of 3163 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Sydney.

If you are planning a visit to Lake Illawarra we’ve put together some of the things nearby that you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Lake Illawarra and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.