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New South Wales
Shellharbour is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 3,561 (2016 census)
Established 1817
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
LGA(s) City of Shellharbour
Region Illawarra
Parish Terragong
State electorate(s) Shellharbour
Federal Division(s) Whitlam

Shellharbour (also known as Shellharbour Village) is a suburb located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. It also gives its name to the local government area, City of Shellharbour, and its central business district, Shellharbour City Centre.

The suburb is centred on the small recreational harbour named Shell Harbour. It has two main beaches: Shellharbour Beach, which runs to Barrack Point and Shellharbour South Beach, which runs toward Bass Point.

Shellharbour hosts Harbourside Markets on the fourth Sunday of the month, in Little Park.

History & Culture

Shellharbour's coastline is littered with 9 shipwrecks, and other historical sites like Bass Point which is home to various Aboriginal archaeological evidence. The shipwrecks date back to 1851, and are all protected under the Sate NSW Heritage Act 1977 & Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976.

Shipwrecks include:

  • Alexander Berry - Wrecked at Bass Point on 1 July 1901.
  • Amphitrite - Ran a ground at Shellharbour on 15 May 1851.
  • Bertha - Wrecked in a gale on 9 September 1879.
  • Cities Service Boston - Went ashore at Bass Point on 16 May 1943.
  • Comboyne - Wrecked off Bass Point on 27 November 1920.
  • Echo - Wrecked near Long Point on 21 March 1863.
  • Franz - Wrecked near Lake Illawarra on 9 September 1879.
  • Our Own - Ran ashore at Bass Point on 21 August 1880.


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 3,561 people in Shellharbour.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.8% of the population.
  • 75.9% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England 4.9%.
  • 85.2% of people only spoke English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were Catholic 29.7%, No Religion 23.6% and Anglican 19.6%.

Notable people

  • Edward Allen - politician
  • Josh Bingham - soccer player
  • Trudy Burke - soccer player
  • Adam Docker - rugby league player
  • Jai Field - Rugby League Player / Super League Player
  • John Daniel FitzGerald - politician
  • Caitlin Foord - soccer player
  • Jackson Ford - rugby league player
  • Madeline Heiner - runner
  • Beau Henry - rugby league player
  • Rikeya Horne - rugby league player
  • Michelle Heyman - soccer player
  • Kane Linnett - soccer player
  • Dan Palmer - rugby union player
  • Ellen Perez - tennis player
  • John Reid - politician
  • Casey Sablowski - hockey player
  • David Smith - canoeist
  • Alexander Volkanovski - Professional Mixed Martial Artist
  • Adam Zampa - cricketer
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