At a Glance
Just two hours south of Sydney, the Illawarra region is arguably the most picturesque coastal and wilderness area in Australia. The best way to discover the ecological and geological wonder of the Illawarra is on foot. A 3-day Illawarra walk offers you the unique opportunity to enjoy the incredible landscapes and beaches, and create memories to last a lifetime as you cross the Illawarra’s stunning mountains and coast line.
Marvel at the sandstone cliffs, beautiful beach, canyons, caves, walking tracks, waterfalls and local wildlife that make up the magnificent Illawarra escarpment. Hike the spectacular Bundeena to Otford track in the Royal National Park, the Wodi-Wodi track and Mt Kiera lookout track.
You will be spoiled in guest houses and B&B’s in the picturesque coastal towns, and have opportunity to dine at the local Illawarra restaurants. Your main luggage will be transported by us each day to the next accommodation so you only need to carry a day pack to enjoy your walking. This is a guided walking tour or you can elect to walk on your own. Your field guides are local geologist and environmentalist who are intimately familiar with the area’s history, environmental and geological aspects and they are passionate to share the local stories with you along the track.
Your tour includes passionate and informative guides who are trained geologists and environmentalist, 5 nights’ accommodation on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expense) 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, luggage transfers, National Park fees as well as Information booklets, an insulated lunch bag and map case.
Day 1: Bundeena to Garie Beach
Approximately 17km / 4 – 5 1/2 hours walk
Starts at Bundeena any time after 10.00 am. Transfers from Bundeena train station to the walk start point or Sydney airport (additional cost). Depart on Beachcomber Rd service to the Bundeena Lookout, which provides a great view off the escarpment to the South Pacific Ocean, then onto Marley Beach. The track will then take you to Curracurrang Cove where middens and rock shelters provide evidence that Dharawal aboriginal people lived in area up to 7500 years ago. The walking trail then continues past Eagles Rock Lookout and onto the Marley Beach.
Day 2: Garie Beach to Otford
Approximately 12km / 3 – 4 hours walk
From Garie Beach the track goes past Burning Palms Beach and onto Figure Eight Pools where a number of circular sinkholes in the sandstone have joined over time to form a figure ‘8’ shape pool (sometime in accessible due to tides). The track then passes The Squeeze Way, a narrow track termed the Palm Jungle and the Otford Lookout through to the pickup point near Otford.
A stop off at the old Helensburgh station glow worm tunnels will be completed prior to arrival at the accommodation.
Day 3: Wodi-Wodi Track – Illawarra Escarpment Trail to Sublime Point
Approximately 14km / 4 – 5 hours walk
It is not often that a bush walk is started from a narrow railway platform, however, the Wodi-Wodi track, which is named after the aboriginal people who lived on the Illawarra coast line, does just that. This track traverses the Stanwell Creek valley through blackbutt forests, rainforest gullies, the escarpment, beaches, village back streets and close to an eight-arch railway viaduct which is an engineering landmark. The Wodi-Wodi track that continues into the Illawarra Escarpment trail which has a number of picturesque lookout, prior to arriving at the beautiful Sublime Point lookout.
Day 4: Mt Keira Ring Road and Summit
Approximately 13 – 15km / 4 – 5 hours walk
The Mt Keira Ring Track follows the old convict built road to Wollongong up to the summit and around this iconic Illawarra peak. The walk to the summit combines historic and environmental interest with a diverse group of plant communities which culminate in with the vista from Mt Kiera Lookout. After lunch in the historic Mt Kembla village the Mt Kembla ring road, which was named Hat Hill after Captain Cook, and provides remarkable views of the Illawarra regions
Day 5: Shellharbour Beach to Killalea State Park
Approximately 10km / 3 hours walk
This part of the walk starts from the iconic Shellharbour beach and traverses the coastal platform to the Killalea and the surfer’s paradise of called The Farm.
Day 6: Minnamurra Rainforest and Kiama to Gerringong Coastal Walk
Approximately 4.2km circuit / 2 hours walk and Approximately 7km circuit / 2 – 3 hours walk
The Minnamurra Rainforest loop walk traverses patches of delightful subtropical and temperate rainforest and continues to spectacular water falls. Superb Lyrebirds are often seen on this walk. The majestic walk from Kiama to Gerringong starts at Loves Bay and continues along a coastal track where whales can often be observed along with echidnas, and some of the most picturesque coastal view in Australia
Full transport to and from all these locations will be provided.
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Illawarra region: Just two hours west of Sydney, the Illawarra region is arguably the most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness areas in Australia. The best way to discover the wonder of the Blue Mountains is on foot. Marvel at the one million hectares of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, canyons, caves, walking tracks and waterfalls that make up the magnificent Blue Mountains. With a blue horizon of eucalyptus trees that appear to stretch on forever, expect to be enchanted by the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
The Illawarra offers so many things to see and do. Enjoy some of the World’s most spectacular bushwalks, featuring amazing views and waterfalls. Learn more about Illawarra escarpment, Minnamurra Rainforest, Mt Kiera Lookout and the Kiama Blowhole, a famous landmark of the region. Or experience the many local galleries, restaurants, antique shops, cafes, gardens, markets…
- Private guided or self-guided 6-day walk in the Illawarra
- Amazing walks and sightseeing including Bundeena to Otford, Wodi-Wodi and Illawarra Escarpment to Sublime point, Mt Kiera Lookout, Shellharbour to Killalea State Park, Minnamurra Rainforest walk, Kiama Blowhole and the Kiama to Gerringong coastal walk and more
- Stay at historic guest houses and B&Bs in the Illawarra
5 nights accommodation at guest houses, B&B’s and Motels in picturesque coastal villages along the Illawarra coast line