Exploring Australia's Shellharbour & Surrounds

Today I’m going to introduce Olivia Bourke, a fellow blogger who posts regularly on the website greatlost.com. Like me, she has fallen in love with Australia and you can regularly find her exploring the New South Wales coastline.

Here’s what she has to say about Australia’s Shellharbour and surrounding areas.


Shellharbour is located two hours from Canberra and one hour from Sydney. With five beaches in the vicinity of Shellharbour, a multitude of indoor and outdoor activities you will not find this little town boring!

If you don’t feel like spending your whole time at Shellharbour explore the rest of the South Coast. Spots like Kiama and Eurobodalla are wonderful day trips and are home to more beaches, walks and wildlife for you to explore. Town hopping is a great way to see the area, and by spending a night or two in each place you begin to get a real idea of what South Coast life is all about!

What To Do

Bass Point: On the coast of Shellharbour lies Bass Point, a 72-hectare littoral rainforest. Listed as an archaeological site used by the Aboriginal people for some 20,000 years prior to settlement this little area has a cultural history you wouldn’t believe. Now a well-known fishing and swimming area, Bass Point is home to beautiful crystal water and lush bushland.

Exploring Australia's Shellharbour & Surrounds

Killalea: Killalea Beach also known as the ‘Farm’ to locals is a National Surfing reserve that, although not patrolled, offers a stunning and serene beach for surfers, families and couples. With walking trails, harder hiking tracks, bushland, barbeques, and public amenities this is a great place for Sunday lunch, or a whole day adventure.

Spend a long weekend and camp close to the beach, one of the only beaches in the state that allows you to do so. If camping isn’t your thing, there is a small amount of backpacker style huts for rent as well. Make sure to book ahead, as you can imagine this little beach is popular with both locals and tourists.

Exploring Australia's Shellharbour & Surrounds

Lake Illawarra: This gorgeous lake is surrounded by recreational land and is great for fishing, watersports, and prawning. Hire a boat, and get on the water for the day – or even the weekend. Lake Illawarra is known for its unreal sunsets, that light the horizon on fire in bright blooms of reds, and purples.

Take yourself down to the jetty and get a couple of classic shots of the area, you will not be disappointed.

Exploring Australia's Shellharbour & Surrounds

Where To Eat

Harbour Thai: This is a local favourite, after a few bites you will quickly know why! Delicious, fresh food with an authentic Thai feel. Be aware that meals are quite large, so If you aren’t a big eater share!

5th Avenue Cafe: A great little American style cafe with breakfast, and lunch options. Good place for vegan/vegetarian eaters, or anyone with specific allergies. Meal options include the classics, along with smoothie bowls and burgers. A great stop for a quick lunch on the run.

Exploring Australia's Shellharbour & Surrounds

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Shellharbour is a great area for a short weekend away, or a longer stay if you’re looking to explore surrounding areas. Surfers looking for some of the best waves in Australia should check out The Farm.

Foodies should check in with locals and visit smaller local cafes, restaurants. Families away for the weekend should look to hire a boat and get out on the water, either fishing or water skiing. Shellharbour is a picturesque South Coast town which showcases some of New South Wales’ gems.


  • David
    Posted June 29, 2017

    All these places are really nice. Love the sunset

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted June 29, 2017

      Cheers David – Australia does have some really nice sunsets.

  • Olivia
    Posted June 28, 2017

    Thank you again for the opportunity! 🙂

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted June 29, 2017

      No problem Olivia – it was great to have you on toolsoftravel.

  • Leon
    Posted June 28, 2017

    Gorgeous! Simply a hidden gem among the Southcoast!

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted June 28, 2017

      Sure is Leon. You can’t beat Australia for hidden gems!

  • Agness of Fit Travelling
    Posted June 26, 2017

    All these places and areas are breathtaking! Loved your pictures, Olivia!

  • ankita
    Posted May 23, 2017

    thanks for writing this article it is very nice and informative keep writing such articles

  • heer
    Posted May 12, 2017

    its a very informative article keep writing about such places and thanku for this one

  • Darren
    Posted May 11, 2017

    Sounds epic! Not had the chance to visit Shellharbour yet!

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted June 28, 2017

      It’s not a bad place to spend an afternoon or three!

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