Illawarra Outdoor Activities & Adventures

This region, located south of Sydney is known for its delightful beaches, unique national parks and enchanting mountainous terrain. Along this stretch of wild, rugged coast there are small but vibrant towns where you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Small cafes, gorgeous galleries and eclectic antique stores scatter the coastline.

The Illawarra encompasses the city of Wollongong and several other towns, including Shellharbour, Kiama, and Nowra. There’s so much to explore in the Illawarra so get out there and discover your next favourite spot!


Choose from one or more of the experiences below and journey around the map to see where they're found.


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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that this land on which we tread, whilst beautiful and revered by us, has even deeper layers of significance for its Traditional Owners; we pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

We Are Explorers is aware that the land is never truly being explored anew, given the ancient cultures that came before us who still call this land their home.