Windang beach itself is located at the entrance to Lake Illawarra, 15 kilometres south of Wollongong's city centre. This area is very popular with birdwatchers as many native species can be found here including Pelicans, Black Swan, Tern, Egret, Cormorant, Spoonbill, White faced Heron, Curlew, Teal, Ibis and Duck are the most prolific species of birds found on the Lake. The main source of food for these birds is fish, weed, microbes and worms found in and around the Lake's edge.
The beach is very popular with families although surf can get quite rough at times. There is a large public park at Windang Beach which offers gas barbecues, sheltered picnic area's, a children's playground and a bicycle path.
Windang Beach and Lake Illawarra are very popular fishing areas. Whether you prefer rock fishing, deep sea fishing or fishing from the beautiful beaches or wharves the local bait and tackle shops can help you find the perfect location. The native name for Windang Island was "Kauyanggang" (Kanyangang) which meant "saved by the big bear who pulled the Island into its present position"
The beach area is patrolled and has a surf lifesaving tower, however this is not in use all year round. This beach tends to have strong rips so supervision of children and inexperienced swimmers is recommended.