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Beaches of the Illawarra

From Stanwell Park to Windang, the Illawarra has a super stunning selection of patrolled beaches for fans of sun, sand and salt. Find out which beach is best for the fam bam, fur babies, fitness fans, swimming, catching waves, brushing up on your boogie boarding or just chilling out under the umbie with a good book.

Austinmer Beach is a popular beach north of Wollongong in the Illawarra.


Stanwell Park to Windang

When there’s a coastline stretching 50 kms from Windang in the south up to Stanwell Park Beach tucked in under the escarpment off the Grand Pacific towns in the north, you’re bound to find a beach to suit your summer style. Spend the day at Austinmer and finish it off with some sundowners at the Headlands Hotel, get some sunrise laps in at Coalcliff’s ocean pool, catch a break at Wollongong City Beach or head down to Port Kembla….it’s Wollongong’s longest beach. Plenty of space for you to stretch out when you’ve got over 6 kms of sand to choose from! 

Patrolled beaches of Wollongong:

Stanwell Park Beach
Coalcliff Beach
Scarborough Beach, Wombarra
Coledale Beach
Austinmer Beach
Thirroul Beach
Sandon Point Beach, Bulli
Bulli Beach
Woonoona Beach
Bellambi Beach
Corrimal Beach
Towradgi Beach
Fairy Meadow Beach
North Wollongong Beach
Wollongong City Beach
Port Kembla Beach
Windang Beach

Port Kembla Beach in the Illawarra is the longest beach in Wollongong. Port Kembla Beach


Warilla Beach to Killalea Beach

There may only be a few beaches in the Shellharbour but boy, do they go big! Warilla north is awesome for swimming with Windang Island sheltering the northern end of the beach while surfers head to the southern end. We also love Kiyong Beach at the entrance to Lake Illawarra for family-friendly splish splashing. Both Shellharbour North and South beaches offer up lots of options from swimming to surfing to fishing – just remember to stay in between the flags if you’re swimming as both beaches are fairly exposed. And of course, one of the most picturesque beaches on the entire coastline, Killalea can be accessed via Killalea Reserve. It’s not patrolled and a bit of a hike to get there but a super pretty spot. 

Patrolled beaches in Shellharbour:

Warilla Beach, Warilla
Shellharbour North
Shellharbour South

Warilla Beach in Shellharbour is popular for swimming, surfing and fishing.Warilla Beach


Minnamurra to Seven Mile Beach

No one can ever accuse the beaches of the Kiama area of being meh! From the sandy banks of Boyds Beach tucked around behind Mystics and Minnamurra Beaches to the fun and family-friendly inlet at the top of Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa, we love getting our sand, sun and swimming fix along this beautiful part of the Illawarra coastline.

Patrolled beaches in Kiama:

Jones Beach, Kiama Downs
Bombo Beach, Bombo
Surf Beach, Kiama
Kendalls Beach, Kiama
Easts Beach, Kiama
Loves Bay, Kiama Heights
Werri Beach, Gerringong
Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa

Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa in the Kiama region of the Illawarra is popular with families. Seven Mile Park