Great Illawarra Walk
Great Illawarra Walk
Great Illawarra Walk
Wave FM supports GIW
Great Illawarra Walk past Beautiful Beaches
Wave FM supports GIW
Wave FM supports GIW
Great Illawarra Walk over Seacliff Bridge
Wave FM supports GIW
Great Illawarra Walk
Great Illawarra Walk at Windang Bridge
Start of the 2013 Great Illawarra Walk
Great Illawarra Walk Entertainment

THANK YOU BENDIGO BANK Oak Flats & Shellharbour for purchasing our new shirts which are free for anyone who registers. This was at a cost of $20,000

One BIG thank you to everyone who participated in the last event. Rain didnt stop the 589 walkers who participated in the tenth annual event. We raised a wonerful $68,000 for SYFS too which was a great effort. Much appreciation to one and all.

Great news - Singlets are also available this year at a cost of $20. The Singlets are not donated so we will have to recoup costs in order that we donate 100% of what we raise. Sorry, we cannot swap a shirt for a singlet for that reason.

Wednesday 14th March is Wear Your Walk shirt to Work Wednesday. All walkers are encouraged to proudly wear your walk shirt to work and encourage your work colleagues to support you or join in. Take a selfie and put it on Facebook. 

The Coalcliff Surf Club are on board again providing their excellent venue for the end of the first day. The Shellharbour Club have once again provided the venue free of charge for our after walk celebrations on the Sunday.

Thank you Campos Head Office.

Need a GREAT coffee for a GREAT walk? These GREAT Campos cafes are all donating money to the walk, so please support them before, during and after the event. Thanks.

Bean Roasted - Addison St Shellharbour (start Line)

Ariel's - Westfield Warrawong (near Target)

Broken Drum - Daisy St Fairy Meadow (six shops from the Highway)

Stokes Lane - Princes Highway Bulli (left hand side of highway)

Honest Don's - 2a Mc Cauley St Thirroul (turn right at Beaches Hotel))

The Great Illawarra Walk is now open for registration. You can walk 1km or 100km over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 2018. 100% of funds raised will be donated to Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS).           Why not get a team together and encourage family and friends to sponsor you. We walk from Shellharbour Village to Coalcliff and return.

Our focus this year is on youth and their special needs. This includes addressing issues such as homelessness, education, training, family breakdown, child abuse, domestic violence and health issues including mental health. The needs of our children and young people are vitally important and looking after these needs contributes to the future health and wellbeing of the whole community.


Important Information

The Great Illawarra Walk is a community event that aims to help children in need. We are all unpaid volunteers and we have no fees or admin charges. Our sponsors pay for items that we give to the walkers such as the shirts, which are donated by Bendigo Bank (Oak Flats and Shellhrbour). Every last cent of what we raise goes to the cause that we support. Walkers participate over two days on the third weekend of March. Walkers can walk from 1km to 100km over one or two days. We walk from Shellharbour Village at 7am on the Saturday heading to Coalcliff. On Sunday, from 7am, we walk back to the Shellharbour Club. The registration fee is donated in full and walkers are also encouraged to raise sponsorship funds from family and friends. We also gratefully accept donations from anyone who is unable to walk on that weekend. 

To celebrate the end of the first day Coalcliff Surf Club are kindly allowing use of their venue from 4.30pm on Saturday 17th March.

The bar will be open and there will be a sausage sizzle. Beer, wine, cider, mixers and soft drink will be available for purchase (not a bad way to ease sore legs!).

On Sunday 18th March the Shellharbour Club will be hosting an after party for Great Illawarra Walk participants (and their friends and family!).

The party runs from 4.30pm to 6.30pm and there will be free food for all walkers, as well as live entertainment. Drinks will be available for purchase from the bar.

Come along and join your fellow walkers for an afternoon of fun, food and (hopefully) a foot rub from your loved ones.

Wondering where to get coffee during the Great Illawarra Walk? Our friends at Campos Coffee have kindly donated coffee beans to each of the following cafes, who will in turn donate proceeds to the walk.

Bean Roasted Espresso Bars at Shellharbour Village (Start Line)
The Broken Drum at Fairy Meadow
Stokes Lane Cafe at Bulli
Honest Don's at Thirroul.

We encourage all walkers to support these local businesses and enjoy a well-deserved coffee along the way. 

The Great Illawarra Walk will be on
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March 2017

The 2017 event promises to be even bigger and better with the support of Wave FM for the fourth year. We are encouraging individual and team entries this year and want to get as many workplaces  as possible involved.

Please join in and get your friends, family, or work colleagues together and form a team.

Some groups that may want to join in: Schools  Gyms  Real estate offices   Banks and financial  Trades  Mechanics / engineers  Shops etc...

This community event is growing year by year and is destined to become the biggest of its kind in the Illawarra.  We are looking for long term community partners and businesses to come on board and join us in our exciting community journey.

If you would further information or if you would like to discuss this in greater detail I can be contacted on 0414335769.

Cheers Chris (founder Great Illawarra Walk)

To join a team, you have to register as a walker first. Then you can log in and join a team or register a team. This is in the edit profile area.

If you are unable to walk, you can still donate and all donations are gratefully accepted.

Major Supporters

  • One Agency Southern Division
  • Bendigo Bank
  • WaveFM

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