Port Kembla, situated 8km south of the Wollongong CBD has a long and established industrial history, thanks to its still-operational seaport.
When many people thing of Port Kembla, they automatically associate it with industry without any knowledge of the thriving community who call the suburb home. With a population of just over 5,000 and high proportion of families, Port Kembla has a whole other side to it that’s just waiting to be discovered by families looking for a great day out or considering relocating,
The hidden gems and highlights:
1. Port Kembla Beach and Pool –Port Kembla beach and pool is an absolute must-do. The pool complex features three pools, including two shaded toddler pools, a café, fully equipped change rooms and direct access to patrolled Port Kembla beach. And it’s free (yep, really!)
2. Hill 60 lookout – A site of both indigenous and military history, Hill 60 is a heritage-listed green space and lookout with some of the most amazing views up and down the coast. The lookout and surrounds have numerous Aboriginal shell middens and artefacts while evidence of the fortifications that were put in place to protect the Port during World War II are still in place. A great spot for introducing the kids to some local history.
3. King George V Park – This fab little playground is located right across the road from the pool and beach. Grab a takeaway coffee from the beachside café and take the kids across to enjoy the climbing frames, swings and slide. There’s also cricket nets and plenty of space to kick around the soccer ball or footy.
4. Closest shopping spot is Warrawong Plaza. Recently given a makeover, Warrawong Plaza is now a community hub bursting with activities
for the whole family. It has become The Place where you can wine, dine & recline with 6 new restaurants and a Hoyts luxury cinema, that
has recliners for every seat. The home to Country Grocer, a foodies delight with the Illawarra's largest deli & butcher, plus major players like
TK Maxx, JB Hi-Fi, Big W, Aldi, Target and Coles there's no need to trek into the Gong for your food or entertainment fix.
5. Coffee at Scratch Coffee Co – Located in central Port Kembla, Scratch Coffee Co is a great spot to grab a coffee or
bite to eat. Serving high quality coffee that’s roasted onsite and fresh ‘made from scratch’ food, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular with the locals.
The pros of Port Kembla
A sleepy suburb of the Illawarra with strong links to the still active industrial port, Port Kembla has some gorgeous pockets to enjoy. The beach and pool are second to none while the main hub of Wentworth street has undergone a transformation and is now bustling with quirky shops and cafes. Warrawong Plaza is just up the road and both Wollongong and Shellharbour are a short car, bus or train ride away.
The cons of Port Kembla
Some areas of Port Kembla are still quite industrial and haven’t yet been snapped up by families or investors. While plenty has been completely gentrified, there are a few pockets that aren’t as appealing
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