A half hour drive from Wollongong CBD lies Killalea State Park. Better known as “The Farm,” to locals. I had lots of people ask me “what is ‘The Farm”? and I honestly asked this question too when I first heard of it.
The Farm is a local beach in Shellharbour that is located on an ex-farm (hence the name), and is a perfect day trip for surfers who are after that perfect wave. The beach isn’t patrolled, and the hike down the steps to get to the beach itself is a trek, but it was beautiful there nonetheless.
When my friends and I ventured down on a perfect Saturday morning, there was even a massive fete/market being held called “Child’s Play.” There were many food stalls (including wood-fired pizza) and a variety of games for children to play and shady places to hang out in. It’s free to get in, but a donation was encouraged if you were attending the markets.
The surf is amazing (I could tell even though I can’t surf to save my life #countrygal) and the water was gorgeous too. Just make sure you don’t get caught out in those rips if you’re planning on going for a dip!
There’s also a little Kiosk which serves coffee and takeaway goodies near the steps to the beach to satisfy your appetite after a surf! (Highly recommend the avo and chicken roll). It’s definitely worth the drive, and the view from the top of the steps will have you in awe!
Check out the video of our time there below for an extra insight, and of course the breath-taking views. (Drone footage: Jacob Szloch)
HOW DO I GET THERE?
OPTION 1: From Wollongong, head South on the Princess Motorway, going past Albion Park and the back of Shell Cove, then follow the signs toward “Killalea State Park.” (You really can’t miss them!
OPTION 2: From Wollongong, head South on Springhill Road, merging onto King Street, Windang Road and Shellharbour Road (they’re all the same road, just named differently for each suburb), then follow the signs toward “Killalea State Park.”
PARKING AND ACCESS
- There are two different parking stations within Killalea State Park. If you follow the road all the way down to the ocean, there is usually a couple of spare parks, depending on what time/day of the week you are visiting the beach. There is also a lot of parking on top of the hill near the Kiosk along the road and on the grass.
- Access is a little more difficult. If you park in the bottom car park, you need to jump into the surf, or if this isn’t for you, you can walk down a set of steps a little ways from the Kiosk. The path is about 100m long, and getting back up the stairs is quite a challenge if you aren’t fit. (It was challenging for me, fair warning).
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