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Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area.

Getting there and parking

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    From Sydney:

    • Drive south along the Princes Highway. Exit at Helensburgh for Stanwell Park, Sublime Point for the Sublime Point Track, or at Figtree for Mount Keira.

    From Stanwell Park:

    • Drive south (1km) along Lawrence Hargrave Drive to the start of the Forest Walk

    From Wollongong:

    • Drive west along Mount Keira Road to Byarong Park at Mount Keira, or via Cordeaux Road to Mount Kembla.

    Please note: There is no access to Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area from Brokers Nose and Brokers Point via Hawthorn Street, as this is private property.

    Park entry points


    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is accessible by train from Sydney via the Cityrail South Coast Line to Stanwell Park, Coalcliff, Austinmer or Wollongong.

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.


    Enjoy a native wildflower display on the Forest walk.


    Cool your heels on the Mount Keira ring track, which threads through refreshing rainforest.


    Take advantage of the escarpment elevation for a spot of whale watching north of Mount Keira, or from one of the several lookouts.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    16.5°C and 25.6°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    8.3°C and 18.3°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area


    • in the South Coast region
    • Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. However, it is recommended that bushwalking only be undertaken during daylight hours because of the presence of cliff edges and other hazards.

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    Nearby towns

    Wollongong (9 km)

    There are plenty of opportunities for adventure activities in and around Wollongong ranging from surfing and swimming to sailing, hang gliding, paragliding, cycling and abseiling. Wollongong is the only place in NSW where you can skydive onto the beach.

    Stanwell Park (32 km)

    Stanwell Park is a small coastal town with a glorious surf beach. It's set dramatically against the steep, forested escarpment cliffs.

    Sydney City Centre (107 km)

    No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.