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:

Today's temperature: °C

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 4:00 pm, 29 January 2020 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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Ottery Mine

This abandoned mine was one of the oldest arsenic mines in Australia. Photo: D.Barnes

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Mount Kaputar National Park

Mount Kaputar is a fantastic wilderness escape in NSW. Photo: R.Cleary

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Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, near Armidale contains World Heritage listed rainforest, historic sites and waterfalls. Photo: G.Koertner

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Saumarez Homestead

A rural property from the 1830s once owned by the White family, it can also be hired for functions. Photo: Destination NSW

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Washpool walking track

Revel in the timeless wonder of ancient Gondwana Rainforest along Washpool walking track. Photo: R.Cleary

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Kunderang East Homestead

The beautifully restored Kunderang East Homestead once formed the heart of a large isolated pastoral station. Photo: M.van Ewijk

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