Discover the essence of what the coastal villages of our stunning Northern Illawarra have to offer you!
Follow your favourite Trail along this most northern end of the Grand Pacific Drive - choose one or choose all five - you will be surprised how much there is to see and do in the Northern Illawarra
The coastal villages of the Northern Illawarra have long had an association with the arts, artists and crafts people. This strong arts community can trace its heritage back to the days of D.H. Lawrence when he lived in Thirroul and wrote his renowned novel, Kangaroo (circa 1922).
The Northern Illawarra is awash with venues to eat and drink and refresh. If you are after a leisurely breakfast, a gourmet lunch, high tea, a lively evening or a romantic dinner, we have it all. Nestled between the magnificent escarpment and several renowned beaches, there are so many options for the discerning foodie, making the South Coast a place to visit time and again. Here are some options to whet the appetite.
Originally developed as separate coalmining settlements in the mid-19th century, many of the heritage and historical sites found between Helensburgh and Thirroul have been kindly restored, others fully rebuilt, while a few are now just remnants of their former selves belying their original structure and the part they once played in its local history.
Bush meets the Pacific Ocean - Nestled amongst the mountainous Illawarra Escarpment, the glassy Pacific Ocean and the world famous Royal National Park, our natural treasures include waterfalls, unspoilt beaches, ocean rock pools, walking tracks, escarpment lookouts, and parks. Immerse yourself in the natural, diverse environment of this unique coastline and escape life’s modern day demands.
From Helensburgh to Thirroul, the Illawarra’s Northern Coastal Villages has so many outdoor activities and adventure sports to offer you - whether it be surfing or beachwalking, visting a wildlife park, golfing or taking a tandem hang glide high above the escarpment - there will be no shortage of ways to enjoy this scenic corner of the world.