On a strip of land between the sea and Lake Illawarra near Shellharbour just south of Wollongong, Warilla offers the lot if you’re into water-based activities. This general area has for generations been popular with both Sydney and Wollongong holidaymakers.
The town is located close to Lake Illawarra's entry to the sea, so the fishing is irresistible no matter whether you try you luck in the estuary, in the lake itself, off the beach and the rocks, or out to sea.
Boating and sailing on the lake are popular pastimes. And then there are the local beaches with their wide expanses of golden sand.
A few kilometres south of Warilla, at Bass Point, Aboriginal middens have been excavated which indicate that Aborigines were munching away on seafood and disposing of the discarded shells and bones in tidy heaps here more than 17,000 years ago.
There's also a memorial here at Bass Point to four Australian soldiers who died in 1943 during the rescue of the 62-man crew of an American tanker wrecked off the point in a storm.