Route Description

Great Illawarra Walk - Route overview

  • Depart Shellharbour Village between 6am-7.30am – Addison Street
  • Depart Warrawong between 8am-9.30am – Wave FM, Hoskins Street
  • Depart Wollongong between 11am-12pm – One Agency, 103 Kiera Street
  • Depart Fairy Meadow between 12pm-1pm – One Agency, 19 Princes Highway
  • Arrive Headlands Hotel Austinmer between 1pm 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 - 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 for a bite to eat. Most walkers will arrive between 8am and 9.30am
     

Warrawong to Wollongong (approx 10km)

  • Depart Warrawong
  • 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 (Rapid Relief will be set up at Tate Park for refreshments)
  • Follow Keira St approx 1.5km to Crown St Mall 
  • Arrive at East end of Crown St Mall
  • Most walkers will arrive in Wollongong between 10.30am and 12pm.
     

Wollongong to Thirroul Station (approx 14km)

  • Depart Wollongong (Tate Park, near the intersection of Springhill Road and Keira Street)
  • 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.

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!).