Illawong is an established residential area, with some parklands and waterways. Illawong is bounded by the Georges River in the north, the Woronora River in the east, Still Creek and the fire trail in the south and Alfords Point Road and Old Illawarra Road in the west. Illawong is named from an Aboriginal word meaning “between two waters”. It was originally known as East Menai.

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Growth was minimal until the 1880s when its remoteness (being accessed by boat from Como) made it popular for wealthy Sydney people to build holiday houses. Significant development did not occur until 1980 when the first residential subdivision took place. The population increased during the 1990s, and then declined slightly between 2001 and 2006, a result of some new dwellings being added, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Major features of the area include Georges River National Park, Illawong Village Shopping Centre, Blaxland Drive Reserve and a number of schools.

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