By John O'Reilly

Long sandy beaches, parks, plentiful shopping options, housing with potential, and stone’s throw from Wollongong CBD and major transport connections, Corrimal and East Corrimal were the best-kept secret in real estate.

  • Population: 10,256 (Corrimal and East Corrimal statistical areas)
  • Highlight: 26% of households are made up of couples with children
  • Housing: 60% of households own their home

The suburbs are a popular place for growing families who like the small-town feel with city convenience, and the potential to renovate, rebuild, or sub-divide on many of the generously proportioned blocks. Corrimal straddles the Princes Highway and Memorial Drive and stretches back to the foothills of the escarpment, while East Corrimal occupies the strip of land from the railway line to the ocean. It’s a place full of options for homebuyers. 

Brief History

Local communities of Aboriginal people were the original inhabitants and Traditional Custodians of Illawarra Land. Corrimal was officially recorded as a place in 1839, and its name is taken from a point on the escarpment that was known as Mount Corrimal after the Aboriginal warrior “Kurimul” (kori-mul). Coal mining supported the early development of the area, with the 100-year-old Corrimal Coke Works closing in 2014. The Streets Ice Cream Company was born in Corrimal, when Edwin Street purchased the Corrimal Ice Works in 1934 and registered Streets Ice Cream as a company. For a full history, see Wollongong City Council’s website

Getting around 

Corrimal and East Corrimal are well served with transport options. Two main roads, the Princes Highway and Memorial Drive connect with Wollongong and routes to Sydney, while the South Coast rail line has stations at Towradgi, Corrimal, and Bellambi. Buses run along Princes Highway at regular intervals and for those who enjoy commuting by bike or foot, the shared path from the northern suburbs to Wollongong runs alongside the beach at East Corrimal. 

The Wollongong Coastal Cycleway connects Corrimal with suburbs north and south.

Things to do 

Beaches, pubs and restaurants, sports, shopping, bushwalking, surfing, swimming – you name it, Corrimal has it. Being a major urban village, Corrimal boasts several sporting clubs, surf lifesaving clubs, entertainment options and parks. The kilometers of beach and ocean pools at Bellambi and Towradgi make it easy to go for a morning walk, surf, or cool off with a swim with barely another soul in sight. Corrimal also has a wealth of sporting clubs, including the popular Corrimal Cougars Rugby League club. 

Shopping and services

Corrimal is the region’s largest commercial centre outside of the Wollongong CBD. Corrimal has numerous medical centres, a public library branch and a Wollongong City pool. Two major shopping centres with diverse retail offerings provide locals with all their needs right on their doorstep. The area is also seeing an increase in cafes and restaurants serving up great food and coffee.

Morning surf at Corrimal Beach.


Several schooling options exist for families in the area. 

Primary Schools

  • Corrimal Public School, K-6
  • Corrimal East Public School, K-6
  • St Columbkille’s Primary School, K-6
  • Bellambi Public School, K-6

High Schools

  • Corrimal High School, 7-12
  • Holy Spirit College, 7-12 (Bellambi)

Use the NSW Government’s School Finder to see which school catchment you might be in. 

Looking to sell your property? Let John and the team look after you

I was born to be in sales. From a very early age, I was serving and helping clients in my father’s hardware business and giving them advice, which is scary. I love working with people, helping them get what they want, and pushing myself to excel. My friends and family that know me well laugh about all the jobs I have done over the years, but it was all to get me to this point in my life, a real estate agent.