Move to Shellharbour

Shellharbour City is the place to be to enjoy a lifestyle second to none, whether you’re looking for a place to live, a great holiday destination or a new business location.

Shellharbour is a City of over 74,000 people, located approximately 100 kilometres from the centre of Sydney – in the Illawarra region on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Our 154 square kilometres span an area of great natural beauty – stretching west from the picturesque coastline, over rolling pastures, to the majestic backdrop of the Illawarra escarpment.

Shellharbour City takes full advantage of its magnificent surrounds with a well-planned mix of residential and commercial growth and is an ideal location to bring up a family and for new business opportunities.


Shellharbour is one of the oldest local government areas in New South Wales, but also hold the distinction of being one of the State’s newest cities having achieved City status on 1 January 1996. It is one of the most progressive non-metropolitan communities in New South Wales.

Key Growth Sectors

Aged care, health and community services, retail, education, property and business services, construction, tourism and aeronautics.

Surrounding Areas

Kiama, Wollongong, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven


Shellharbour is easy accessible by road, rail, air and interstate and local coach services. The City offers a range of local public transport services, as well as extensive cycleways and walking tracks.


Average temperatures: Summer 18 – 27 degrees Winter 8 – 17 degrees

Business & Employment

Shellharbour City’s diversified commercial sector supports a robust and growing local economy that cements its position as a key growth centre.


Shellharbour City has private and public health facilities – including hospitals, major medical centres and mental health facilities.


Shellharbour City offers high quality primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities.


Shellharbour City Council maintains numerous parks, playgrounds and sporting fields including the Croom Regional Sporting Complex – a major regional sporting facility.

Shellharbour is acknowledged as a key regional growth centre that provides enormous opportunities to enjoy an enviable lifestyle. We’d like you to join us and be part of it.

If you are looking at relocating your business then please contact Shellharbour City Council’s Economic Development Manager on 02 4221 6030 or by email at