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Where to Build in NSW

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Shellharbour NSW 2529 – a seaside escape

You’ll discover Shellharbour on the picturesque South Coast of New South Wales, conveniently located just over an hour’s easy drive south of Sydney and within a two and a half hour drive from Canberra.

Whether you’re seeking a seaside escape, an adventure or a great family holiday, you’ll be delighted with Shellharbour’s range of choices. Throw in a laid back lifestyle, a beautiful, calming countryside, pristine clean beaches, high quality shopping, delicious wining and dining, accommodation for all tastes and great family friendly attractions and activities, and you’ve got the perfect destination.

Banner image: Norman Patrick Trickey Blake

What are my options for building in Shellharbour?

When it comes to building your new dream home in Wollongong, you have two choices: you can knock down and rebuild, or you can purchase an empty block of land and build from scratch.

Knockdown Rebuild Wollongong

#1 Knockdown Rebuild

To secure a special location or large block, buying an old home is often the best option to create your dream home.
New Home Wollongong NSW

#2 Build new on Wollongong land

Purchase a vacant lot and build one of Mincove Homes’ modern home designs.
New Home Wollongong NSW

#3 House and land packages in Calderwood Valley

Buy one of Mincove Homes house and land packages in nearby Calderwood Valley.

Where to build in Shellharbour – Land releases

Click on the map pins for more information about land available for sale.

Population: In the 2016 Census, there were 3,561 people in Shellharbour (State Suburbs). Of these 49.8% were male and 50.2% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.8% of the population. [Source: ABS]

Median house price: Houses in Shellharbour have a median house price of $840,000. Units in Shellharbour have a median price of $550,000. [Source: Property Value]

Demographics: Shellharbour is an increasingly popular location for young families. The median age of Shellharbour residents is 26, with little of the population (15.0%) aged over 65.  [Source:]

Lifestyle: Shellharbour Village with its oceanfront cafe strip is fast becoming the talking point of the region with its great mix of outdoor cafes, award winning restaurants and famous fish and chips. The village has an eclectic range of specialty shops, which are great for browsing or finding that special gift. Whilst here, explore the beautiful boat harbour with its foreshore recreational area, or take a dip in the ocean pool.

Council: Shellharbour City Council

Distance from Sydney: 1 hours 39 minutes (104 km) via Princes Highway/A1 and M1 [Source: Google Maps]

Distance from Canberra: 2 hours 44 minutes (216 km) via Federal Hwy, Hume HWY/M31 and Illawarra Hwy/A48 [Source: Google Maps]

Local Shellharbour Attractions

The Shellharbour Club

The Shellharbour Club

The Shellharbour Club offers modern surroundings to our members and guests in a family-friendly environment. Our experienced staff aim to exceed customer’s expectations in every visit with their professional and personable service.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Shellharbour

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Shellharbour

Learn to Stand Up Paddle Board with an accredited ASI SUP Instructor, with both private & group sessions available. We are a mobile Stand Up Paddle Boarding School, and will ensure that you experience paddleboarding in the best conditions in a safe, fun environment.
Shellharbour North Beach

Shellharbour North Beach

Shellharbour North beach (NSW 381) is a 1 km long, slightly curving east-facing beach, extending south from the rocks of Barrack Point to a small rocky protrusion. The southern end of the north beach is patrolled and provides the best location for swimming.
Shellharbour Scuba Centre

Shellharbour Scuba Centre

Located in Shellharbour Village, Shellharbour Scuba Centre is the destination for all your snorkeling and scuba diving needs.
Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space

Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space

The Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space (SVES) is the first and only public exhibition space in the Shellharbour area. The SVES seeks to support a diverse program of community and professional exhibitions and events which contribute to the growth of the cultural sector within Shellharbour City.
Shellharbour City Museum

Shellharbour City Museum

Shellharbour City Museum (formerly Tongarra Museum) has relocated to a new home in the Shellharbour Civic Centre, located on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales. We aim to share stories, past and present of the people, places and events that make our great city what it is today. Our collection includes artefacts, photographs, oral histories, maps, lithographs and historic documents that relate to Shellharbour City and its people.

2016 Census Shellharbour Stats

People:  3,561

Families:  1,011

Average people per household:  2.6

Median monthly mortgage repayments:  $1,733

Median weekly rent:  $350

Housing tenure

Shellharbour – Households (Enumerated) 2016

  • Fully owned 38.3% 38.3%
  • Mortgage 26.5% 26.5%
  • Renting 32.6% 32.6%
  • Other tenure type 0.6% 0.6%
  • Not stated 2.0% 2.0%

Nearby home and land packages inspiration

Looking for house and land packages near Shellharbour? Wollongong is only a 25 minute drive from Shellharbour and features the Illawarra’s largest display home village at Calderwood Valley as well as a display home opening later this year in Starling Street, Wongawilli. Any of Mincove Homes’ home designs would be ideal for the Wollongong area.

View our home designs online or book an appointment to discuss home and land packages near Shellharbour.



Calderwood Valley

Winner of the Master Builders Award for Best Display Home in the $300,000 – $400,000 range in the South East region.




Calderwood Valley

Cleverly designed for a narrow 30m x 10m allotment, this stylish home design creates a true sense of space over the two storeys.




Shell Cove

A standout statement without compromising on any essential design elements for modern family living.


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