Illawarra Birders

Birding club based in
Wollongong, affiliated with Birdlife Australia



Birding Locations

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Birding locations in the Illawarra region

The Illawarra region of New South Wales extends from north of Wollongong, through Shellharbour and Kiama south to the Shoalhaven River. Just a 90 minute drive from Sydney, it ranges from the coast to the top of the escarpment. It boasts a wide variety of habitats including ocean and estuaries, coastal dunes, mangroves, freshwater wetlands, coastal littoral forest, dry woodlands, sub-tropical rainforest, some great parks and open farmlands.

Thanks to its diverse habitats, it is home to over 300 bird species, an amazing array in a small area. Below is a just a sample of locations to get you started in birdwatching. It includes a selection from each of our 3 local Council areas. Most of these are easy walks and are suitable for families.

For a complete list of birds at these locations, have a look at eBird, a fabulous and free online resource. Under explore, search the hotspots listed. Many of our members are active eBird users, so the lists are current, with a detailed history and many with photos.

Wollongong Council area

Shellharbour Council area

Kiama Council area

Wollongong Botanic Garden

Killalea Reserve

Spring Creek Bird Hide

Integral Energy Park

Bass Point Reserve

Jerrara Dam

Puckeys Estate Reserve

Blackbutt Forest Reserve

Bonaira Native Gardens

Further details of the above locations are found on this PDF document: Birdling locations in The Illawarra region