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Best Shellharbour Playgrounds, Parks & Beaches. What to do with Kids

Welcome to Shellharbour, an incredible place for family’s and kids to live, explore and enjoy! We’ll short cut you to our best playgrounds, parks, beaches and where your kids can play in nature. Written by a local mum from Parents Guide Illawarra, your local guide for What to Do with Kids, we help you find the best things to do and family fun in Wollongong, Shellharbour & Kiama.

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Little Park Shellharbour Village

Tower Slide & Treefort at Little Park Shellharbour Village. Image Curtesy of Theresa Garcia

Located at Wollongong Street Shellharbour. This is one of our favourite parks! My kids love the long flying fox and the swings, which include a nest swing and an all abilities swing. It has multiple balancing areas suitable for a range of ages, a raised rope bridge (to challenge kids) which leads up to an old tree forte with different climbing areas.

Bounce off the crazies on the in ground trampoline. Get your need for speed met on the sensational tower which has multiple slides, tactile activities and a climbing area. It has a roundabout and musical foot steps on the bridge as well as other musical elements. Little Park Shellharbour Village has a large grassed area, is based on the foreshore so the views are stunning.

There are BBQs and plenty of trees for shaded picnics, there are toilets. My kids are 3 and 6 and love this place but would be ideal for 2-10 years old. There is plenty of parking all around the foreshore and a great pub and shops across the road for a sneaky treat

Yirran Muru (‘Many Pathways’) Playspace

Tree House Lookout, Sandstone Quarry blocks & Playspace Map. Images Curtesy of Shellharbour Civic Center and Visit NSW

This place space is located at the back or the Shellharbour Civic Center and parking is off street and there is loads of parking areas around including the best shopping centre which is Stockland Shellharbour located across the road. Toilets and cafe are located in the Civic Centre Offices

From the amazing sandstone tower path to the language wheel this is a park that feels like no other. This park has been co-designed, endorsed and supported by the local aboriginal community. There is a beautiful carved whale, a gunyah (shelter) and lots of storytelling, the frog walk is a favorite of our’s.

Snake Head Park

360 Swivel Swing & Snake Head and Fort. Images Courtesy of Amanda Dawe from Parents Guide Illawarra

Located at Red Sands Avenue Shell Cove, this park gets its name from the large snake head sculpture which my kids love to play on then they make their way over to the mountain fort and past the sand digger. We also notice a 360 swivel swing and a climbing tower.

I love this area with its duck pond just a one minute walk away and the beautiful scenery. There is a short walking track if your up to is and natural shade above half of the park. There are no toilets here, but plenty of off street parking.

Bardsley Park

Playground view. Image Courtesy of Michael Dawe

Located at 59 Wollongong Street Shellharbour. This is a newly updated park and right on the beachfront, next door to the North Beach surf club. A great little toddler park with climbing areas to push the abilities and a ocean themed seesaw, balancing beams and hoping logs and some two sings including a parent and child swing.

There is a few shaded ares for a rest but no shade over the playground. The path runs from the park along the foreshore for a nice stroll. Toilets are at the surf club and there is a water bubbler. Perfect park for a little play!

Indoor Playparks & Playcentres

The Shellharbour Club

Nearby is the amazing The Shellharbour Club – kids eat FREE on Tuesdays + family FUN in The Precinct every Friday which has several indoor parks and many different dining options, perfect for a catch up or a family lunch/dinner. On Tuesday’s kids eat free! Simply purchase any full priced meal from Fiftysix Dining during Lunch or Dinner to receive a kids meal, absolutely FREE.

The latest family-friendly eatery to open at The Shellharbour Club, is Precinct, a unique dining experience unlike any other. Wander through the bustling indoor street market, sample the best of street food from Big Time BBQ, Dynasty Dumplings and Bon Bon.

Best Beaches in Shellharbour

Killalea – The Farm. Image Courtesy of Visit NSW

  1. Killalea – The Farm. Located at Killalea Drive Shell Cove is one of the most stunning hidden gems the Illawarra holds. Untouched and magnificent, most of the time is a calm beach perfect for little ones to run and play
  2. Bass Point, at the right time of year you can catch some whales breaching off shore, or take a dip in the rock pools.
  3. Foreshore, an enclosed Harbour right opposite the Little Park Playgound is the perfect place for the kids to have a swim or a play in the water, generally very small waves if any at all.
  4. South Beach, a great spot to walk out and investigate the ocean rock pools, or search through the many shells or pieces of coral washed up on this beach.
  5. Discover more Best Beaches for kids in Wollongong, Illawarra & South Coast NSW here

What’s good for Neurodiverse / ASD children in Shellharbour?

There is loads of fun to be had here, from walking on the rocks beside the beautiful ocean (our favourite) to visiting the pelicans at the boat ramp, sights and sounds allow for a sensory experience, with plenty of ways to run off that energy. South beach is filled with shells and coral that has been washed up and is so much fun to sort through (my kids think so and they are 6 and 3).

More Kids Friendly Activities and Attractions close by

Stockland Shellharbour

Nearby there are many things to do and attractions to visits such as the new and beautiful Marina is a short drive and with magnificent foodie areas, brilliant for a nice stroll or scooter along the boardwalk around to the break walls. Stockland Shellharbour (pictured above), is not too far away for all your food, dining and shopping needs. Fun Places To Take Kids – Illawarra Page and our Best Parks in Wollongong article.

In Summary. Why Shellharbour is SO Good for Families

Something for All Ages

We could spend a whole day here starting with breaky (and coffee) at one of the amazing cafes up the main street then venture to one of the listed parks, with all the beach fronts and BBQ areas an ideal place for a lunch or picnic. The Pelicans are friendly as are the people, the Little Park is always busy with kids of all ages, take the scooter for a scoot or the bikes for a ride, pack the skates if your game!

Educational and Fun

Learning about the environment and developing an appreciation for nature at the same time, sound like a win for me!

Family Bonding Opportunities

Shellharbour is a place where families can spend time together and create lasting memories. Whether it’s a game of catch, a family picnic, or a stroll along the beach, the area offers numerous opportunities for quality family time.

Importance of Free Activities & Time in Nature Outdoor activities play a crucial role in family life, child development, interaction and social skills providing opportunities for children to explore, learn. Free activities are great without the financial burden. In the Illawarra region, there are plenty of free places to take kids that offer fun and amazing lasting memories.

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