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Parks and Reserves

 From the sparkling coastline to the rolling pastures and the majestic backdrop of the Illawarra escarpment, the natural experience of Shellharbour is hard to beat.

Bass Point Tourist Road, Shellharbour NSW 2529

Come and enjoy the activities of Bass Point Reserve. This significant headland features one of the few diverse littoral rainforests in the Illawarra Region, a large collection of significant Aboriginal and European heritage sites and extensive marine habitats. Take a walk through the reserve and enjoy natural flora and fauna. The lookouts at Bushrangers’ Bay and Maloney’s Bay take advantage of the coastal views, follow the Coastal Heritage Walk signs and learn more about the history of the reserve.

In the past the Wodi Wodi tribe had a "walkabout area" between Picton, Stanwell Tops, Marulan and Nowra and would camp at Bass Point. Today Bass Point is entered on the Register of the Australian Heritage Commission and is recognised as one of the two most important archaeological sites on the NSW coast.

The Cities Service Boston Memorial at Bass Point remembers the Australian Soldiers who lost their lives going to the aid of sailors on the American Merchant Ship City Services Boston that ran into the rocks at Bass Point during a storm in May 1943.

Bushrangers Bay is a very popular diving and snorkelling location on the South Coast. The sheltered bay offers vast marine life some of which are rare in this area of the coast. 


Bass Point Reserve

Bushrangers Bay

Shellharbour Road, Blackbutt NSW 2529

This is the largest natural bushland reserve in the Illawarra, covering 250 acres. The Reserve is a key feature of Shellharbour and is the last remaining viable remnant of coastal plain forest between Clifton and Berry.

Unique because of its location in the centre of an urban area, the forest contains a diversity of vegetation and wildlife. The area boasts extensive picnic and barbecue facilities as well as children's playgrounds. All year round it is one of our area's most popular family gathering places. A feature is a marvellous open air amphitheatre depicting various Australian wildlife and fauna.

The Reserve consists of various walking trails and vast open spaces as well as picnic facilities with gas and wood BBQ's and children’s playgrounds and amenities.

 Picnic in Blackbutt Reserve


Killalea Drive, Shell Cove NSW 2529

Killalea is a spectacular tract of coastal land which has been dedicated as a public recreation reserve. Killalea has one of the best surf beaches (Mystics and the Farm) on the south coast of New South Wales and is also popular for other activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing.

The natural beauty of the Park makes it a wonderful place to relax or take a leisurely stroll from Minnamurra spit along the sandy beaches and around Killalea Lagoon. This place is ideal for family picnics with wood BBQ facilities, children’s playground and modern amenities. The recent addition of Camp sites allow you to stay in the natural surroundings of Killalea.

 Killalea State Park

Illawarra Highway, Albion Park NSW 2527

Macquarie Pass National Park preserves a section of the Illawarra escarpment. It consists of steep, densely timbered ridges and rainforest gullies, topped by a rim of superb cliffs.

Two walking tracks are provided for great bush walking, the Cascades Rainforest Walk and the Glenview Track. The Cascades Rainforest Walk is two kilometres return and starts at the picnic area at the foot of Macquarie Pass. If you follow the 1 kilometre track you will come to the ‘Cascades’ where the water falls from a height of 20 metres.

The Glenview Track is open to walkers but closed to vehicles. The track crosses a creek which, 400 metres downstream, plunges over the Cascades. It has several branch tracks through tall open forest providing the walker with the opportunity to explore other parts of the forest.

The principal stream through the park is the Macquarie Rivulet. Visitors to Macquarie Pass National Park can relax with a picnic, bushwalking, swimming or observing the beautiful stands of rainforest.


 Macquarie Pass National Park

Reddall Parade, Lake Illawarra NSW 2528

One of the best family locations on the Lake's foreshore is Reddall Reserve. Here children can paddle, swim and play in safety and there are plenty of picnic and barbecue facilities, kiosk and toilets. The Pelican Park playground is a dynamic place for kids to play that was designed with wheelchair access in mind for children with disabilities.

The reserve is hive of activity on weekends. Shelharbour City Council holds its annual Family Family Fun n Fireworks and Australia Day at Reddall Reserve. 

 Pelican Park, Lake Illawarra
Pioneer Drive, Blackbutt NSW 2529

The park is of heritage significance in that it was the site of Wentworth Cottage, the home of one of Shellharbour City’s most well-known pioneering families.

D’Arcy Wentworth acquired a large estate around Shellharbour, which he left to five of his children. John Reddall, the grandson of Martha Wentworth, built Wentworth Cottage in 1896. The magnificent home was built on the highest point of Stoney Range, which is now Pioneer Drive.

In 1914 the property was bought by John Carmody and continued by his son John Raymond (Ray) Carmody who spent his entire working life on the family’s dairy farm.

Incorporated in the park is a lookout, which will be known as Carmody’s Lookout in honour of the Carmody family who resided in the homestead for most of the last century and boasts magnificent views of Shellharbour City. Other special features of the picturesque park are two mazes, which occupy the site of the former cottage, which was demolished in 1978.


Wentworth Cottage Park Playground





www.playillawarra.org.au is a website dedicated to providing detailed and up to date information about playgrounds and play opportunities for children and their carers across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Not only will it help you find local playgrounds and play services but it also provides playground photos, lists of facilities, map links and more for over 270 playgrounds across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

Park & Play Shellharbour is an exciting new activity for young children and their carers in the Shellharbour area brought to you by Family Services Illawarra. It runs throughout school terms from 10am to 12pm. For locations please click on www.playillawarra.org.au/park_play
FREE weekly play sessions are being held in parks and outdoor spaces in local neighbourhoods around Shellharbour City and all parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years are welcome to get involved.

 Little Park, Shellharbour Village