Route Description

Great Illawarra Walk - Route overview

  • Depart Shellharbour Village 7am – Bean Roasted Espresso Bar, Addison Street
  • Depart Warrawong between 8am-9.30am – Westfield Warrawong
  • Depart Wollongong between 10.30-11am – Tate Park, Tate Street
  • 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
  • As you are approaching Wollongong, Rapid Relief will be set up at Tate Park for refreshments.
  • Most walkers will arrive in Wollongong between 10.30am and 12pm

Wollongong to Bulli (approx 13km)

  • Depart Wollongong (Tate Park, near the intersection of Springhill Road and Keira Street)
  • Continue North along Springhill Road and turn right after Wollongong Golf Club to follow the coastal track to Thirroul
  • Continue along Blue Mile, Wollongong, 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!).