Route Description

Great Illawarra Walk - Route overview

  • Depart Shellharbour Village 7am – Bean Roasted Espresso Bar, Addison Street
  • Depart Flagstaff Hill, Wollongong 11am (KidsWish 
  • Depart Stuart Park, Wollongong 12pm
  • Depart Bulli 1pm - Bulli Surf Club
  • 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 East along Addison Street and follow the coastal parth to Windang, via Warilla Beach and Reddall Reserve 
  • Proceed North through Windang to Warrawong
  • Meet at Westfield Warrawong food court for a bite to eat. Most walkers will arrive between 8.30am 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
  • Once you approach Wollongong, Rapid Relief will be set up at Stuart Park for refreshments.
  • Most walkers will arrive in Wollongong between 10.30am and 12pm


Flagstaff Hill to Stuart Park, Wollongong (approx 2km)

  • Depart Flagstaff Hill and walk along the 'Blue Mile', which we are renaming the 'Great Mile' for the event!
  • Continue to Stuart Park for refreshments and family friendly activities

Wollongong to Bulli (approx 13km)

  • Depart Stuart Park, Wollongong
  • Continue North along Squires Road and follow the coastal track through Fairy Meadow, Bellambi and Bulli.

Bulli to Headlands Hotel Austinmer (approx 5km)

  • Depart Bulli Surf Club
  • Follow the coastal track to Austinmer, turning right onto Lawrence Hargrave Drive
  • 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!).