Contact usBookmark this pagePrint pageResize downResize up


If you have any information about this feature which does not appear on the extract below, please contact the Geographical Names Board's Secretariat with your comments and suggestions.

22nd May 2019
Reference:   24680
Placename:   Lake Illawarra
Designation:   Lagoon
Status:   Assigned 7th September 1973
Previous Name:   Illawarra Lake
LGA:   Wollongong
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -34 31 30
Approx. AGD66 Long:   150 50 00
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -34 31 24
Approx. GDA94 Long:   150 50 04
Topographic Map:   Albion Park
1:100000 Map:   Kiama 9028
Parish:   Wollongong
County:   Camden
Description:   A lagoon about 5 km SE of Dapto and about 6 km SW by W of Port Kembla.
Origin:   An adaptation of an Aboriginal word Elouera, Eloura or Allowrie variously translated as pleasant place near the sea, or, high place near the sea, or, white clay mountain. Wurra or Warra probably means mountain and Illa may be white clay. (Reed, 1969).
History:   George Bass and Matthew Flinders were the first to visit the district. Flinders recorded the fact that it was called Alowrie by the natives. It was whilethey were in the tiny 8ft craft the Tom Thumb in 1796.
back to top