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A Guide to Shellharbour
That blissful, untouched magic of a seaside holiday as a child comes back to life in the charismatic and enchanting beach town of Shellharbour in New South Wales. It's a place where families and tired souls come to recharge their batteries in simple, breathtaking surroundings far from the hustle and bustle of a busy city life. Just an hour's drive from the city of Sydney, Shellharbour is perfect to escape the concrete jungle and into paradise before the sun sets on the bay - great for a weekend retreat.
Shellharbour enjoys stunning natural beauty located between the Tasman Sea and the Illawarra Escarpment. Beaches are beautiful and family-friendly, and the town has plenty of facilities for shopping, dining and entertainment. There's also rather a theme of transport in the attractions here so if you're interested in vehicular history, Shellharbour is a treat.
A Swimmer's Legacy
The salt water pool in Shellharbour, known as the Beverley Whitfield Pool, was named after the famous resident who was a gold medallist Olympic swimmer in the 1930s. The pool is located right next door to the harbour and across from the Shellharbour Beach, there is the Beverley Whitfield Park, a commemorative park dedicated to this super swimmer's achievements.
Things to See and Do
Five Beaches - no self-respecting Aussie seaside town would be without a wonderful offer in the way of beaches and Shellharbour boasts 5 golden sandy stretches. Whether you need breaking rollers for surfing, or a quiet area lapped by gentle waves for toddler's paddles, you'll find a sandy haven in Shellharbour.
Touring Shellharbour region is made easy thanks to heritage trails and guided scenic drives. Two heritage trails take you on walks to discover the history of Shellharbour and its significant sites and buildings, while mapped out drives are a delightful way to explore this area of NSW coastline. If you prefer to ride, just head out on the cycle trails.
The Illawarra Light Railway Museum is a delightful showcase of the history of locomotives and kids will love the chance to be a passenger on a real vintage carriage on a steam train. Lots of picnic areas and magnificently preserved artefacts and trains make for a terrific family day out.
The Australian Motorlife Museum has an impressive showcase of motor vehicles and other stunning memorabilia from the 1930s and way before. Incredible, shiny and polished to perfection, all vehicle lovers will be astounded at the remarkable collection of working vintage cars and motorcycle exhibits that can be found here.
The Illawarra Tree Top Adventure is an experience not to be missed. Walk along the tree tops and look down into the thick forests below, from way up high above the forest canopy - 25 m above the ground. There is a great cafe to kick back and relax at after experiencing the views of a lifetime.
The Wentworth Cottage Park and Carmody's Lookout is a site that is of huge heritage significance to Shellharbour. Prestigious Wentworth Cottage belonged to one of the most notable pioneering families and was passed down from generation to generation until it was eventually bought by John Carmody - hence the Carmody's Lookout. Sadly the cottage is no longer there, but in its place are 2 spectacular mazes which form part of this truly beautiful parkland.
The Jamberoo Action Park is an exciting adventure and water park attraction that is perfect for a day out with the entire family. A massive wave pool and some of the most thrilling water rides will impress even your toughest teenage customer. And there is plenty for the little kids to do as well, with mini pools and a beach just for them as well as plenty of rides in the water too. A great cafe, souvenir shop with plenty of picnic spots makes this a great day of fun in the sun.
The HARS Aviation museum and historical aircraft restoration society offers guests the chance to experience some of the most exciting aviation history of Australia. Passionate and knowledgeable staff take visitors through a trip down memory lane into a time when these big birds ruled the skies. Visitors can check out world famous planes, take loads of photographs and see two Neptune Bombers right before their eyes.