Lake Illawarra is one of the most picturesque spots on the coast. The lake has something for everyone, from parks and jetties along the foreshore to water-based activities like boating, fishing and snorkelling.
The lake provides a natural boundary between Wollongong and Shellharbour.
We manage Lake Illawarra in partnership with Shellharbour City Council and the NSW Government.
Wollongong City Council looks after several open spaces, pathways and stormwater outlets around the lake. Shellharbour City Council looks after similar items on the southern side of the lake.
Other structures like jetties, wharves, boat ramps and the bridge are managed by the NSW Government.
Report a problem at Lake Illawarra
If you need to report a problem at Lake Illawarra, contact the relevant agency.
If you’re not sure who to contact, email or call us on (02) 4227 7111. We’ll help if we can, or point you in the right direction.
Water quality is monitored regularly at 15 sites across Lake Illawarra.
Keeping an eye on water quality gives us a picture of the overall health of the lake. It can help us identify problems and track how our efforts to look after the lake are working.
These reports also help us in planning how to manage the lake.
The most recent water quality report can be found below.
We have developed a draft Coastal Management Program (CMP) PDF, 13212.98 KB for the lake in partnership with Shellharbour City Council. The CMP is a strategic program that will guide us in taking care of the lake over the next 5 to 10 years.
The CMP is supported by a number of studies and reports including:
- a Synthesis Report PDF, 23458.04 KB that pulls together detailed research and background information about the lake, and
- a Community Uses, Values, Threats and Opportunities Report PDF, 14539.34 KB which was created by listening to our community and lake users to understand how Lake Illawarra is used, what you value about it, and what may threaten these values and uses.
In 2019 the draft CMP went on public exhibition and the document has been updated to address concerns and make appropriate changes. The final draft CMP was endorsed for submission to the Minister for certification by both councils in April 2020.
The draft CMP is currently being considered for certification by the NSW Government.
If you’d like to know more about opportunities for the community to be involved in planning for the lake, email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.
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