Shellharbour is the heart of the Illawarra holiday playground. It is a haven of leisure and pleasure bounded by the Illawarra escarpment, Minnamurra River, Lake Illawarra and the Tasman Sea. Surfing, boating, fishing, whale watching (in season) and diving are all activities enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Bushrangers Bay Aquatic Reserve is located at the eastern end of Bass Point, approximately 4km south of Shellharbour. This is an excellent sheltered dive site with plenty to see.