Sydney Train Walks

From Port Kembla via Illawarra 6h / 20km to Shell Harbour

About this walk

This walk follows part of the Grand Pacific Drive.

It takes about 6 hours to complete the full 20 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops. A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Plan your return trip from Port Kembla at transportnsw.info. Get the train to Shell Harbour Junction using transportnsw.info.

Along the way

From the station cross the roundabout and follow Foreshore Road to the Breakwater Battery Museum.

Walk past field of white pyramids out of the museum on the other side.

From there follow Gloucester Blvd to the end along the ocean. Then Olympic Blvd down to the surf club.

From Port Kembla's surf club, follow the beach all the way to the far end.

At the end of the beach follow one of the trail to the dunes past the holiday park.

Cross the bridge across the lagoon and use staircase down into the reserve on the other side.

Follow the reserve along the lagoon back to the beach.

Follow the bike path along the beach and cross the next lagoon across the pedestrian bridge at Barrack Point.

Follow the street around Barrack Point and follow the beach to the Shell Harbour Surf club.

From the surf club follow Wollongong St across the headland to Shell Harbour on the other side.

Follow the main road out of town to the roundabout near the motorway. Turn left to follow Dunmore Road. Enter the road to Shell Harbour Junction to the right.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.