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Wow what a stunning place was my reaction when I saw this place. Lake Illawarra (a suburb of Shellharbour, NSW, Australia), is a large coastal lagoon. It is located in the Illawarra region of NSW, approximately 100km south of Sydney, Australia.

It is a fabulous holiday spot here and a superb location for picnics, BBQ’s by the lake edge, cycling, water sport activities such as snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and water skiing. It is also a very popular spot for fishing, prawning and crabbing.

There is large open grass space for group activities and lots of parking. If you are thinking of planning a road tip from Sydney to the South Coast of NSW, I recommend adding this place to your itinerary.

Lake Illawarra

Lake Illawarra

There is a nice reserve here called Reddall Reserve with a kids play area that is located on the foreshore of Lake Illawarra. The park was built in 1988 as part of a bicentennial project. It features all amenities including a nice playground, change rooms and a kiosk that is open only on weekends.

Lake Illawarra

Lake Illawarra

There is some beautiful wildlife to observe here too so if you enjoy birdwatching your gonna love it here. You will be able to spot a lot of pelicans, swans and seagulls and many other different species of birds. In-fact at some locations bird viewing platforms have been kept at the lakes edge for your convenience.

Lake Illawarra

Lake Illawarra

When you enter the park you will notice the stunning rock walls that is featured here giving the lake an attractive entrance. It is certainly a popular tourist attraction with hundreds of people visiting the area everyday.

Is Lake Illawarra freshwater or salt water?

You may be wondering if the water is freshwater or ocean water. It is in-fact both fresh from the escarpment and salty from the ocean. However, their is minimum salt getting into the lake due to the outward flow of the river water into the lake which keeps the circulation going.

For further information:

How to get here

Address: Shellharbour Road & Reddall Parade, Lake Illawarra NSW 2528


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