Overview

This region of rivers, long sandy beaches, large protected estuaries and sandstone headlands features fascinating coastal ecosystems and rare Aboriginal archaeological remains.


Illawarra region map

Featured threatened species

Common name
Illawarra Socketwood

Scientific name
Daphnandra johnsonii

Status in NSW
Endangered

Commonwealth status
Endangered

Rainforest tree to 20 metres tall. Leaves opposite, coarsely toothed, roughly oval in shape, 6 to 12 cm long, 1.5 to 6 cm wide, with a raised mid-vein on the upper surface. Small, pale greenish white flowers (rarely with a pink margin), borne in a many-flowered panicle from the leaf base.

Climate change

Mean temperatures are projected to rise by 1.9 ÂșC by 2070. The increases are occurring across the region with the greatest increase during summer. Larger increases are also being seen along the coast and the west of the region during summer and spring. All models show there are no declines in mean temperatures across the Illawarra.


Beaches

Pollution forecast for:

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beaches

Pollution is unlikely, enjoy your swim!

beaches

Pollution is possible, take care.

beaches

Pollution is likely, avoid swimming today!

Air quality Last updated at 6:43 pm, 30 March 2017 AEST

Air quality data for NSW is displayed using the Air Quality Index (AQI) scale and is updated hourly.

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THINGS TO DO & SEE

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Budderoo National Park

Budderoo National Park, on the south coast of NSW, is known for its gorgeous waterfalls and lookouts. Photo: A.Richards

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Depot Beach campground

Depot Beach campground in Murramarang National Park is right by the beach and perfect for spotting kangaroos at dusk. Photo: J.Yurasek

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Hill 60 Illowra Battery

The Hill was tunnelled and fitted with guns during World War II to protect Port Kembla. Photo: R.Nicolai

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Kiama Post Office

The Italianate post office building, completed in 1878, was designed by then-colonial architect James Barnet. Photo: T.Boxsell

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Lady Denman

The Lady Denman is part of a museum in Huskisson, an old boat building area, dedicated to maritime heritage. Photo: T.Boxsell

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Mount Kembla Ring track

The Mount Kembla Ring track offers significant Aboriginal sites, local heritage and stunning scenic rainforest. Photo: J.Spencer

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