Snap the sea, see the future What could Australia’s coast look like in the future?
Wollongong City Council
Wollongong is located on the NSW coast, approximately 70km to the south of Sydney. Its coastline extends approximately 60 km from the shores of Lake Illawarra and Windang Peninsula in the south to the Royal National Park in the north. Rugged cliffs, coastal bluffs and isolated small, pocket beaches predominate in the north, whilst more extensive beaches, dunes and gentler sloping land prevail in the south.
The dominant land use is residential with the beach and back beach areas often containing infrastructure and recreational assets such as roads, cycle ways, surf clubs, pools, and other leisure facilities. Beach patrol services are provided at 17 beaches from Stanwell Park in the north to Windang Beach in the south. All of these beaches are very popular with locals and tourists alike, and are used extensively for swimming, surfing, sunbathing, walking, and the like.
Coastal processes have affected sections of the coastline in the past, impacting upon assets such as property boundaries, roads, cycle ways and pools,and affecting the recreational amenity of the beaches. These issues are likely to be exacerbated into the future as a result of postulated climate change impacts and projected rises in the mean sea-level.
The Witness King Tide Project provides an opportunity to appreciate the potential impacts of a changing climate and sea level rise. Wollongong City Council encourages the local community to participate in this project.