We are proud to announce the Great Illawarra Walk will be supporting Saving Chloe Saxby/Hope for Holly Burns again in 2020! 

Every year we continue to grow thanks to our awesome community and supporters and we will always strive to be bigger and better than ever before!



Saturday 7 March, 40km from Shellharbour to Austinmer



The 2020 Great Illawarra Walk begins at Bean Roasted Espresso Bar Shellharbour (Addison Street) at 7am on Saturday 7 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 7am – Bean Roasted Espresso Bar, Addison Street

Depart Warrawong 9am – Wave FM, Hoskins Street

Depart Wollongong 11:30am – One Agency Property Division, 103 Kiera Street

Depart Fairy Meadow 12pm – One Agency Property Division, 19 Princes Highway

Arrive Headlands Hotel Austinmer between 2pm and 5pm



The Rapid Relief Team are on board once again and will be supplying free food and drink to all walkers.
The team will be stationed at Windang and Corrimal, serving a full spread of coffee, tea, cold drinks, snacks, fruit, sandwiches and burgers.

One Agency Property Division will once again be providing regular water stops along the way - although it's still a good idea to have a drink bottle with you to stay well hydrated.


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 from 2pm-6pm. Most walkers are expected to arrive early afternoon - plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a beverage (or two!).

Headlands Hotel Austinmer have kindly offered us a huge space for the afternoon so come and enjoy live entertainment from 2pm and complimentary finger food from 4pm.



Great Illawarra Walk t-shirts are available for collection during business hours from One Agency Real Estate (Corrimal and Warilla). We will also have shirts available for collection at Bean Roasted (the start line) the morning of the walk.


Join the The Great Illawarra Walk in 2020!

The Great Illawarra Walk is once again calling on Illawarra residents to don their walking shoes for the annual Great Illawarra Walk on Saturday 7 March, this year raising money for research into Vanishing White Matter Disease and supporting local girl Chloe Saxby.

Chloe Saxby and Holly Burns are two little girls from the Illawarra and South Coast region who were diagnosed with an extremely rare and degenerative brain disease - Vanishing White Matter Disease - for which there is no cure or treatment available. 

It was recently announced that - thanks to the Great Illawarra Walk - Australian-first research into Vanishing White Matter Disease will take place at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), with researchers using advanced methods in stem cell research to try to find a potential cure for Chloe.

While IHMRI has committed to the initial seed funding, additional funds are desperately needed to continue the research.

The Great Illawarra Walk, now in its thirteenth year, is donating all monies raised from the 2020 event to this worthy cause. 

The event runs over one day, with participants walking up to 40km across the Illawarra. Participants can choose to walk any distance between Shellharbour and Austinmer. 

Latest News

18 January, 2019 Fundraising efforts continue for VWMD research at IHMRI It is less than two months until the annual Great Illawarra Walk and for the second year, all money raised will go towards research into Vanishing White Matter Disease (VWMD) at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI).  Read More
30 May, 2018 New Look Great Illawarra Walk All funds raised in the 2019 Great Illawarra Walk will be funding research to be undertaken in the Illawarra - through Saving Chloe Saxby - at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI). Read More
16 May, 2018 IHMRI continues research into VWM disease for Chloe Saxby As Chloe Saxby’s health continues to deteriorate from the incurable Vanishing White Matter disease (VWM), the hope for a cure or better treatment is more pressing than ever Read More
11 April, 2018 Support grows for rare genetic disease research IHMRI research into Vanishing White Matter Disease has received a significant financial boost after the organisers of the Great Illawarra Walk donated $100 thousand dollars. Read More
16 March, 2018 IHMRI researchers provide new hope for Chloe Saxby IHMRI researchers say new developments in stem cell research may hold the key to understanding Vanishing White Matter Disease, which could lead to a potential treatment for nine-year-old Chloe Saxby. Read More

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