Shellharbour Accommodation, Location, General information, History 


Shellharbour Accommodation

Accommodation in Shellharbour includes, Motels, Holiday Houses, Beach Houses, Luxury Accommodation, Budget Accommodation, Bed and Breakfast (B&B), Caravan Parks and more.  Many of these accommodation types are located within Shellharbour Village or otherwise just a short drive within the Shellharbour area. Shellharbour Accommodation becomes very popular during summer Holidays and especially during School holiday periods throughout the year. The Shellharbour area is a very popular area for weddings as there a number of fine Wedding Reception facilities in the area and accommodation within Shellharbour is often highly sought for families and friends of the bride and groom.


Shellharbour Village is a charming township on the coast, south of Wollongong. It is located 106km south of Sydney, 25km south of central Wollongong. Only 1 1/2 hours from Sydney. Shellharbour is also just a 10 minute drive from Kiama. Jamberoo Action Park is located approximately 14 kms form Shellharbour.

General Information

Shellharbour village is  a pleasant Seaside coastal town. It has numerous places to dine, ranging from Fish and Chip takeaways to fine dining.  Just some of Shellharbour Village eateries are :
Green Poppy
Ocean Beach Hotel – Best view in the village and a great restaurant
Olympic Takeaway – Known locally as “Theo’s” – great for a takeaway to eat near the ocean pool.  Located just metres from the Ocean
Shellharbour Workers club
Shellharbour Country Kitchen
Swordfish Cafe
Stu’s Cornerr– Great for Breakfast!
Shellharbour Bakery – Great favourite of the locals

The harbour

The harbour is notable for the Norfolk pines that were planted in 1895 as part of beautification project intended to attract holiday makers. The harbour  is a favourite place for fishing and a has a beaut beach and park most suitable for small children.


Shellharbour is an ideal spot for anglers to launch a boat. Fish in the area include Mackeral, Tailor, Snapper, Trevally, Jewfish, Kingfish, Tuna and Terragin.

Bass Point Reserve

Excellent fishing is also on hand at at Bass Point Reserve, named after explorer George Bass. This is also an ideal spot for an outing. There are picnic and barbeque facilities and pleasant views of the coastline. Surfing, snorkeling and SCUBA diving are very popular in this area.  The pristine waters of Bushrangers Bay have been declared a Marine Aquatic Reserve.


Shellharbour was a meeting place for Aborigines who called it “Yerrowah”. The first Europeans to set foot in the area were explorers George Bas and Matthew Flinders in 1796. In 1816 Governor Macquarie ordered his surveyor general, John Oxley to negotiate free land grants. By 1827 D’Arcy Wenworth, the largest land holder, owned 13,050 acres in the Shellharbour area. The first stores appeared in the 1850’s. A stone watch-house was erected in 1861 followed by a courthouse and gaol in 1877. By the 1890’s Albion Park had become the the major centre in the region. With the arrival of the railway in the area in 1887 the town of Shellharbour was assured survival by day trippers and tourists from Sydney .  

Shellharbour historic photo