Route Description

Great Illawarra Walk - Route overview

  • Depart Shellharbour Village 7:00am – Addison Street
  • Depart Warrawong 9:00am – Wave FM, Hoskins Street
  • Depart Wollongong 11:30am – One Agency, 103 Kiera Street
  • Depart Fairy Meadow 12:00pm – One Agency, 19 Princes Highwa
  • Arrive Headlands Hotel Austinmer between 2pm and 5pm


Detailed walk route

The following directions are a suggested guide. We recommend you stick to the footpath on the right hand side of the road where possible!

Shellharbour Village to Warrawong (approx 13km)

  • Shellharbour Village - meet at 6.30am for 7am start (Bean Roasted Espresso Bar, Addison Street, Shellharbour)
  • Proceed North on Wollongong St, turn right onto Shellharbour Road.
  • Proceed North through Windang to Warrawong.
  • Meet at Westfield Warrawong food court. Most walkers will arrive between 8.30am and 9.00am

Warrawong to Wollongong (approx 10km)

  • Depart Warrawong at 9.00am
  • Continue on Shellharbour Rd / Five Islands Rd North to Cringila
  • At Cringila Hotel, turn right into Springhill Rd
  • As you are approaching Wollongong, turn left into Keira St
  • Follow Keira St approx 1.5km to Crown St Mall.
  • Arrive at East end of Crown St Mall near David Jones 
  • Most walkers will arrive in Wollongong between 10.30am and 12pm.

Wollongong to Thirroul Station (approx 14km)

  • Depart Wollongong at 11.30am (One Agency Wollogong, across the road from Amigos Mexican Restaurant)
  • Continue on Keira St / Princes Highway to North Wollongong
  • Continue over Northern Distributor overpass and stay on Princes Highway through Fairy Meadow, Corrimal, Russell Vale and on to Bulli.
  • (suggested break at Corrimal or Bulli)
  • Continue on Princes Highway, turn right into Lawrence Hargrave Drive to Thirroul
  • Almost there now! Continue on Lawrence Hargrave Drive past Austinmer Beach

Thirroul to Headlands Hotel Austinmer (approx 3km)

  • Turn right at Headlands Ave and Headlands Hotel Austinmer is 100m on the right
  • Cross the finish line at Headlands Hotel
  • Congratulations you have walked 40km!
  • Time to celebrate


Headlands Hotel Austinmer

Join us for an end of walk celebration at the Headlands. Headlands Hotel Austinmer will be hosting the finish line party for all walkers. Come and enjoy complimentary finger food and live entertainment (plus a cheeky, well-deserved beverage!)