Lake Illawarra Day Trip – NSW, Australia

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Whenever people think of Australia, they imagine pristine white sand beaches and endless coastlines. And they are very much correct, however, majority of these lovely beaches are also the home of either huge ocean waves or deadly animals.

If you are not a fan of any of those, then Illawara Lake might be the best spot for your leisure weekend. Lake Illawarra is located between the Illawarra escarpment and the Pacific Ocean on the NSW South Coast some 90 kilometres south of Sydney. Water flowing into it is both fresh (from the escarpment) and salty (from ocean tides). The lake is approximately 9.5 kilometres long and 5.5 kilometres wide which makes it perfect for swimming, water games or boat rides.

Still water at Lake Illawarra

How to get to Lake Illawarra from Sydney?

The answer is – very easy. You can take a train from Central Station to Albion Park or Oak Flats and from there you can get bus 37. You can also go to Wollongong and change for bus 51 or 53. I would recommend going through Wollongong on the way back – you can have a quick stop in the city and have a look around. You can totally do Lake Illawarra trip in one day only and if you are traveling on a Sunday you will not spend more than A$2.60 return.

Don’t forget your floating tube

Things to do at Lake Illawarra

Pack everything you need and get ready for active relaxing – you can enjoy some peaceful sunbathing, swimming or literally laying down in the crystal clear lake water. You might also encounter some of the local animals, such as pelicans. Lake Illawara is known to be a great fishing spot, if you are into that (I am personally not).

Lovely colors at Lake Illawarra


Water is really shallow and you can literally lay down in it on a hot day


Pelicans living near the lake

Don’t miss a chance to have a look around the area – just on the other side of Illawarra Lake is located Warilla beach, one of my favorites. Enjoy the long white-sand coastline and go for a swim at the ocean turquoise waters.

Where Lake Illawarra meets the Pacific Ocean


People Fishing at Warilla Beach


Warilla Beach


White sand and blue skies over Warilla Beach

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