Illawarra is a highly populated region with a population of over 456,000 and located 100 kilometres south of Sydney. The largest cities in the region are Wollongong, Shellharbour and Shoalhaven.
Illawarra is a densely populated coastal region that is classified as regional rather than metropolitan.
It is made up of coastal plains, beaches and the famous Lake Illawarra. Lake Illawarra is popular for recreational fishing, sailing and prawning due to its location in Wollongong.
It is a coastal lagoon which provides a spectacular outlook of the area. Illawarra is easily accessible to Sydney via a motorway and train line.
There is a regional airport which also serves the region. Wollongong is the third largest city in New South Wales, offering fabulous beaches, metropolitan services and easy access to Sydney.
The larger population areas offer a mixture of comfort and the typical Australian lifestyle.