The Illawarra – where the escarpment reaches down to kiss the sea. This region offers a charmed vacation lifestyle of mountain scenery, rolling pasturelands, lakes and estuaries, waterfalls, fine dining and wineries, spectacular surf beaches, national parks, golf, fishing, bush walking as well as all the usual beach holiday pursuits you can think of. All this is close enough to Sydney to discover in a day trip, a quick weekend getaway or a long stay vacation with the big smoke just down the highway.
The Illawarra region of southern New South Wales has some of the most calming vistas and amazing beaches on a spectacular stretch of coastline and hinterland spreading from Wollongong south of Sydney through the picturesque towns of Shellharbour, Kiama and Gerringong down to Gerroa.
There is an abundance of accommodation offered in the region to suit all budgets, from high end luxury to camping options and everything in between – we feature a cross section of what is on offer right here on Australia Travel.