Illawarra Farmhand

Stretching south of Sydney from the Royal National Park to the Shoalhaven River. Illawarra is a derivation of an Aboriginal word meaning 'high and pleasant place by the sea.' Travel there and you'll understand why. Reserves dotted along the craggy coast feature mountain streams, waterfalls and colourful wildflowers. See the distinctive vegetation of the area, including cabbage palms, tree ferns and giant fig trees.

Below a spectacular escarpment is the popular resort of Shellharbour, one of the coast's oldest towns. With long, clean, sandy white beaches and drawcards such as surfing, boating and fishing, it's clear why it's a water enthusiasts dream. One of Shellharbour's main features is Blackbutt Reserve where you can enjoy a picnic in the peaceful surrounds of this coastal plain forest.

Because Shellharbour provides easy access to all the Illawarra's attractions, it's the perfect place to base your family. Further south is Kiama, a small resort and fishing town renowned for its rolling green hills and crystal blue waters. But no trip to the Illawarra would be complete without a visit to Kiama's most famous attraction, the blowhole. Behind Kiama, the award winning Minnamurra Rainforest Centre attraction in Budderoo National Park is an oasis of calm.

Illawarra features several other National Parks, and each has its own appeal. The Royal National Park just south of Sydney, was the first National Park to be proclaimed in Australia, and has 16000 hectares of sandstone plateau country. Macquarie Pass National Park is a stunning section of the Illawarra escarpment, and consists of densely timbered ridges and rainforest gullies, topped by a rim of impressive cliffs.

Watch hang gliders take off from the escarpment at Stanwell Tops. Walk the Wadi Wadi bush trail, which flanks a magnificent railway viaduct arching 70 metres over the Stanwell Gorge. Ride a bobsled, racing car or speed boat at Jamberoo Recreation Park. When you stroll along the elevated boardwalk at the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, listen out for lyrebirds mimicking the sounds of the rainforest.

Featured Illawarra Activities and Tours

Kurnell Motorcycle Tour
from $150.00

Feel the roar of the engine as this tour takes you to Kurnell considered as the birthplace of modern Australia. Home to the site where Captain Cook landed over a century ago....

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk Motorcycle Tour
from $290.00

A motorcycle tour is vastly superior to anything else in thrill value and visual experience. Feel the roar of the engine as this tour takes you to the treetop canopies of the Illawarra region....

La Perouse and Eastern Sydney Beaches Motorcycle Tour
from $250.00

Beginning your journey through the Royal National Park you will then pass over over Tom Ugly's Bridge, past Sydney airport to La Perouse. Take time to visit this historic site, where Captain Cook cam...

Half Day Motorcycle Tour to Cambewarra Lookout
from $250.00

A motorcycle tour is vastly superior to anything else in thrill value and visual experience. Feel the roar of the engine as this tour takes you through towns local to Illawarra as you head for lun...

Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Valley Motorcycle Tour
from $270.00

A motorcycle tour is vastly superior to anything else in thrill value and visual experience. Feel the roar of the engine as this tour takes you through the acclaimed beauty of the Southern Highlands o...

The Park, Old Highway and GPD Motorcycle Tour
from $110.00

A motorcycle tour is vastly superior to anything else in thrill value and visual experience. Feel the roar of the engine as this tour takes you through a combination of touring hotspots such as the Ro...

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