About Us
Welcome to Shellharbour

The Shellharbour City area is the heart of the Illawarra holiday playground, nestled between the bustling city of Wollongong in the north and picturesque Kiama in the south.

The City covers an area of 154 square kilometres, offering long sandy beaches, rural tranquility, great night life, modern shopping and all the recreational facilities you'll need.

Located just over an hour's drive from Sydney. Within two hours from Canberra and three hours from Newcastle. Shellharbour is a haven of leisure and pleasure bounded by the Illawarra escarpment, Minnamurra River, Lake Illawarra and the Tasman Sea.

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City Overview

In planning for the City's future, council has shared the community's desire to preserve the natural environment.

Shellharbour City Centre forms a major part of our planning initiatives. The City Centre provides a social and economic heart for our City: complementing our individual CBDs which exist in Oak Flats, Shellharbour Village, Albion Park Rail, Warilla and Lake Illawarra.

We will maintain our focus on keeping the balance; recognising our responsibilities in providing for growth but keeping a close eye on our commitment to the people who choose to make Shellharbour City their home.

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If you own a property in Shellharbour City you are required to pay rates. About 40% of Council's total income comes from rates and charges. Council uses this money to help fund a whole range of facilities and services in Shellharbour City: from parks and sports fields to roads, libraries, aged care services, child care and community transport.

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Online Services

Shellharbour city Council provides a range of online services to help the community conduct their business or find out information. You can lodge an application on line for development and planning, tree preservation, fire safety, waste services, etc.

Further you can access geographical information about the Shellharbour LGA using Online Mapping, as well as find out demographical information or access native plant information for your garden.

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Garbage & Recycling

Illawarra Regional Airport


Media Releases

Shell Cove Links Golf Course

Shellharbour Kids

Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park

Sustainable Illawarra

Visitors Guide