We are back for 2024!

Registrations are now open for the 2024 Great Illawarra Walk.

All funds raised from this year’s event will be donated to KidsWish, to support the lives of children with disability or illness and their families through programs, special events and community projects.

We are also excited to announce our new major sponsor for 2024; Illawarra Security Guards! They are kindly covering the cost of walk t-shirts this year, so the cost of entry and every cent you donate/raise goes directly to KidsWish.

Register today and be part of a community event that will bring joy and opportunities to families across the Illawarra!

Saturday 9 March, 40km from Shellharbour to Austinmer



The 2024 Great Illawarra Walk begins at Bean Roasted Espresso Bar Shellharbour (Addison Street) at 7am on Saturday 9 March and finishes at Headlands Hotel Austinmer.

Check out the route section of the website for a full breakdown of the walk route.


Great Illawarra Walk - Route Overview

Depart Shellharbour Village – Bean Roasted Espresso Bar, Addison Street

Depart Warrawong – Westfield Warrawong

Depart Wollongong – Stuart Park. The KidsWish Blue Mile begins at Belmore Basin Playground.

Depart Bulli - Sandon Point Beach (next to Bulli Surf Club)

Arrive Headlands Hotel Austinmer


Where do I collect my walk shirt from?

Great Illawarra Walk t-shirts are available for collection from One Agency Property Division during business hours.

  • One Agency Corrimal - 183 Princes Highway, Corrimal
  • One Agency Warilla - 121 Shellharbour Road, Warilla

We will have shirts available at Bean Roasted and Wollongong (Belmore Basin and Stuart Park) on the morning of the event, but we'd recommend getting them before event day if possible.

A huge shout out to our sponsor, Illawarra Security Guards, for providing a shirt for each walker!



The Kidswish Blue Mile

This year the legends at KidsWish will be joining us as we take over the Blue Mile in Wollongong (which we have renamed the KidsWish Blue Mile!). There will be an accessible stretch (approximately 1.5-2km) open to all ages and abilities, which will start at the Belmore Basin Playground and finish with a party at Stuart Park. There will be free family fun activities, including face painting, reptile encounters, a St George Illawarra Dragons activation, bubbles and music by i98FM.

The party will run from 11.30am to 1.30pm near the All Ages and Abilities Playground at Stuart Park.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Illawarra's Friendly Neighbourhood Spidey, BumbleBee and some of the Harry Potter crew!

Thank you to the Rapid Relief Team for once again ensuring every participant is provided with a free lunch!


Water station locations and associated sponsors:

  • Little Lake Bridge (Sponsored by Strata Consolidation Resin Injection)
  • Lake Illawarra Hotel (Sponsored by Lake Illawarra Hotel)
  • Port Kembla Golf Club (Sponsored by One Agency)
  • King Street Dental (Supported by King Street Dental)
  • Corner of Five Islands & Springhill Roads, Cringilla (Sponsored by Bright Star Kids Group)
  • BlueScope Visitor Centre (opposite Dwyers Truck Centre) (Sponsored by Wollongong Podiatry)
  • WIN Stadium (Sponsored by Circulation Health)
  • Stuart Park at the All Ages All Abilities Playground (Supported by Rapid Relief Team)
  • Fairy Meadow SLSC (Sponsored by Incar Installations)
  • Corrimal SLSC (Supported by The Disability Trust)
  • Bellambi SLSC (Supported by KidsWish)
  • Bulli SLSC (Sponsored by Joint Vision Orthopaedic Group)
  • Thirroul Beach Pavilion (Sponsored by Macey Insurance)


Headlands Hotel Austinmer - The After Party

Join us for an end of walk celebration at the Headlands.

The walk finishes at Headlands Hotel Austinmer, with a finale party throughout the afternoon. Most walkers are expected to arrive early afternoon - plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a beverage (or two!).

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