By Daniel Frazer

The views of the Illawarra Escarpment are hard to beat and Tarrawanna’s location at the foothills of the great diving range makes it a sought-after suburb. It is an ideal place for growing families seeking a quiet and comfortable lifestyle.
  • Population: 9162 (Balgownie/Tarrawanna/Fernhill)
  • Highlight: 32% of households were made up of couples with children
  • Housing: 69% of households own their home

Tarrawanna is popular for families and it’s easy to see why: spend weekends exploring the natural environment of the Illawarra Escarpment and Towradgi Creek, taking the kids to the parks, or getting to know the locals over a coffee, locally brewed beer or at the takeaway. The suburb has ample amenities for everyday needs and it’s minutes away from major shopping centres in Fairy Meadow or work in Wollongong CBD. Tarrawanna has become a popular spot for people looking to capitalise on larger blocks of land and a small village lifestyle.

Brief history

The original inhabitants and traditional custodians of this land are local communities of Aboriginal Dharawal people. Tarrawanna was originally an early land grant of 60 acres in 1811. The land was purchased sometime later in the mid-1800s for 20 pounds. For a full history, see Wollongong City Council’s website.

Getting around

From Tarrawanna, there’s easy to access main roads such as the Princes Highway and Memorial Drive connecting to both Wollongong and Sydney. Buses can get you around the local neighbourhood and into nearby suburbs, as well as the South Coast rail line, which is available for any commuters from nearby Towradgi or North Wollongong stations.

Things to do

Among the mountains of the Illawarra escarpment and conservation area, Tarrawanna is home to popular bushwalks and Broker’s Nose lookout. This activity is family-friendly and offers rare views of the coastline and beaches of Wollongong. Tarrawanna’s main streets are also lined with a few humble cafes, hairdressers, a Thai restaurant, a brewery and a fish and chip shop – the perfect stop on the way home after a beach swim. Tarrawanna has a rich sporting history, with junior and senior teams in a number of sports, such as the 108-year-old Tarrawanna Beuys Football Club.

Shopping and services

The town has an assortment of shops for the everyday essentials and convenience items, and a grocer, butcher and deli, giving you the chance to get to know your local. There’s also a post office, gift shop, a community hall and a few public parks to get the kids out of the house. Tarrawanna is an easy commute to the University of Wollongong for students and staff looking for a convenient and comfortable place to live.


Primary schools

  • Tarrawanna Public School, K-6
  • Towradgi Public School, K-6 (Towradgi)

High schools

  • Corrimal High School, 7-12
  • Wollongong High School, 7-12 (Fairy Meadow)
  • Keira High School 7-12 (North Wollongong)

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

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