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Lake Illawarra the “Jewel of the Illawarra”. 

Lake Illawarra is the second largest saltwater lake in NSW Australia, located 8 km south of Wollongong on the NSW south coast.

Although the lake is a popular holiday spot and important fish nursery, it has been by-passed as a recreational fishing haven and is still extensively used for commercial fishing.

Lake Illawarra is also exposed to environmental stress through industries and urban expansion.

The new rock -entrance walls are finished and the lake now has the best entrance it has had in its life.  It is proving to be a great tourist attraction with hundreds visiting the area to inspect the entrance. On a good and sunny weekend it is standing room only out on the wall.

The southern wall is proving to be a popular fishing spot with good catches being reported.

The water is usually clean allowing children a safe swimming area, good catches of whiting” fish” on squirt worms.

Good catches of the best tasting prawns on the south coast can be caught between the full moon and the new moon on the run out tide.

Reddall Reserve Lake Illawarra Shellharbour, on a Sunday showing the numbers of day tourists and the abundance of room.

Lake Illawarra is a hotspot for aquatic activities and leisure.  Whatever you want to do you will find it somewhere around the lake.

The lake is supported by other Illawarra pleasures – clean beaches, parks, restaurants, cafes, wide range of accommodation, cultural and historical sites and art galleries.

Lake Illawarra boasts fishing, prawning, crabbing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, rowing, canoeing, water skiing and windsurfing.

Lake Illawarra is an excellent place to just drop out and enjoy a BBQ at the lake edge, just watching the world go by. Free BBQ are located at many places around the Lake .

Lake Illawarra is the home of pelicans, sea gulls and black swans just to mention a few of the many aquatic bird species. At some locations bird viewing platforms have been built at the lakes edge.

The lake has shared walkways/cycle ways at several locations around the lakes edge.


Other Articles regarding Lake Illawarra

Lake Illawarra, The Long Wait November 2008