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Killalea State Park NSW

Killalea State Park is approximately 265 hectares of pristine coastal reserve with some of the best beaches on the NSW South Coast. With coastlines, rainforest areas, extensive wetlands and seabird breeding areas, Killalea is popular for day trips, educational groups, boating, surfing and fishing. For nature lovers, walking trails through littoral rainforest areas offer many delights, as do trails along extensive estuarine wetlands and seabird breeding areas. Swimming and surfing are on offer at The Farm and Mystics, two of the best surf beaches on the south coast.

Beach, estuary and rock fishing attract many anglers to the park. For offshore fishing, launch a boat from Minnamurra or Shellharbour.

Located between the coastal towns of Kiama and Shellharbour on the South Coast of New South Wales. It is about 10 minutes north of Kiama, 25 minutes south of Wollongong and approximately 90km south of Sydney. It is about 2.5 hours from Canberra. Nearest regional centre is Kiama

Activities

The town of Shellharbour is minutes away by road, and offers lawn bowling, golf and sea sports. There's a light rail (tramways) and a railway museum, and the Tongarra Bicentennial Museum featuring pioneering and historical exhibits. Take a scenic drive south to Kiama and see the amazing natural formation of the Kiama blow hole, where the sea rushes into a cave beneath and shoots plumes of water high in the air. There are scenic views from Saddleback Mountain and lush foliage in the Minnamurra Rainforest.

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How to get here

The Park is about 10 mins north of Kiama and about 25 mins south of Wollongong.

Directions from Sydney / Wollongong:

Travel south on Princes Hwy and the first landmark is the Buddhist Temple on the left at Berkeley. This is about 20mins north of Killalea. Keep travelling south and follow the signs for Kiama / Nowra. You will come to Albion Park Rail and see lots of car yards on your left and a small regional airport on your right. As you are leaving Albion Park Rail at a set of traffic lights you will pass McDonalds on the left and a garage on the right. Keep travelling south on the Princes Highway, go under the overpass and then take the “Shellharbour Rd – Shell Cove, Shellharbour” exit. At the top veer LEFT onto Shellharbour Road, cross to the right-hand lane and at the next roundabout turn RIGHT onto Dunmore Road. Follow this road, go past a school on your right and through a set of traffic lights. Turn LEFT at the next street (you will see a brown Killalea State Park sign and you are now about 4 minutes from the park). You will immediately come to the first of 4 roundabouts you have to go through. To the right is the golf club but YOU MUST TURN LEFT at this roundabout onto Southern Cross Boulevarde. Turn RIGHT at the roundabout onto Killalea Drive. Go past the school (on your left) and you will come to another roundabout. Go straight through this roundabout and over the bridge. At the next roundabout turn LEFT and follow this road until you reach the boom gates. The boom gates open automatically between 4.30am and 8.45pm. You will need an access pin after hours. The camping area is 1.8 km on the right after the boom gates.

Directions From Kiama:

Travel North on Princes Hwy and take the “Shellharbour Rd – Shell Cove, Flinders, Shellharbour” exit. At the top turn RIGHT onto Shellharbour Road. Go through the first roundabout and at the next roundabout turn RIGHT onto Dunmore Road. Follow this road you will go past a school on your right and through a set of traffic lights. Turn LEFT at the next street (you will see a brown Killalea State Park sign and you are now about 4 mins away from the park). You will immediately come to the first of 4 roundabouts you have to go through. To the right is the golf club but YOU MUST TURN LEFT at this roundabout onto Southern Cross Boulevarde. Turn RIGHT at the roundabout onto Killalea Drive. Go past the school (on your left) and you will come to another roundabout. Go straight through this roundabout and over the bridge. At the next roundabout turn LEFT and follow this road until you reach the boom gates. The boom gates open automatically between 4.30am and 8.45pm. You will need an access pin after hours. The camping area is 1.8 km on the right after the boom gates.

Transport: Dunmore Railway Station is two kilometres from Killalea.

Facilities

Amenities Block in Camping Area, bbqs wood, picnic areas, rotunda/gazebo, toilets

Flora and fauna

Visit Killalea and see sea eagles, snakes, lizards and echidnas. Flying foxes are also seen occasionally. Whales can be seen migrating between May and November each year. Killalea also has threatened plant species, remnants of subtropical rainforest, littoral rainforest, regionally significant wetlands with important ecological values and a freshwater coastal lagoon (Killalea Lagoon), an important breeding habitat.

 

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Park facilities
• BBQ• Camp kitchen• Disabled access
Accommodation types
• Family villa/house• Unpowered site
Experiences
• Beaches• Canoeing/kayaking• Fishing
• Nature, parks and wildlife• Rivers, lakes and waterways• Surfing