Looking for the best of both worlds: city and country? Enjoy being close to pristine beaches, waterways and state forests? If you’re seeking to build a new home in the Illawarra, you can’t go past G.J. Gardner Homes - Australia's number 1 rated national home builder. G.J. Gardner Homes has few rivals when it comes to Illawarra builders.

Nathan Fay and Sean Vickery are the owner-operators of the G.J. Gardner Homes franchise for the Illawarra. Nathan and Sean are local building professionals with a passion for quality workmanship and responsive customer service. Nathan, Sean and the experienced team at G.J. Gardner Homes are your go-to Illawarra builders for quality, value and choice. As accomplished Illawarra builders, Nathan, Sean and the team deliver homes on time and on budget. Whether you’re in the market for a house and land package, a custom home or an off-the-plan design (150+ options), G.J. Gardner Homes is well-qualified to build your family home in the Illawarra. Nathan and Sean can also advise on knockdown-rebuilds and local building requirements – services which few Illawarra builders provide.

The Illawarra is a coastal region situated between Sydney and the Shoalhaven region. It’s a region characterised by sandy beaches, dairy farms, coal mining and steel making. The Illawarra has become increasingly popular with commuters in recent years, as trains run frequently between Wollongong-Shellharbour and the Sydney CBD. The Illawarra has a reputation as a family-friendly region focused on sport and outdoor activities, such as boating, fishing, surfing, swimming and bushwalking. As part of its investment in the region, G.J. Gardner Homes has built two stunning display homes at Calderwood Valley – only 16-kilometres west of Shellharbour. The display homes demonstrate why G.J. Gardner Homes is one of the best Illawarra builders in operation today.


The Illawarra is accessible from the north and south via the Princes Highway (including the Princes Motorway), and from the west via the Illawarra Highway and Picton Road. The Illawarra railway line enables train travel to Wollongong, Sydney and Kiama. Residents can fly to Sydney and Melbourne (Essendon Airport) from the Illawarra Regional Airport, which is serviced by JETGO Australia.


Many of Australia’s largest retailers – including Aldi, Woolworths, Coles, Myer, David Jones, Target, Big W, Kmart, Lowes, Best & Less, Harris Scarfe, Bunnings, BCF, Supercheap Auto, Officeworks and JB Hi-Fi – have a presence in the Illawarra.


A wide range of primary and secondary schools – both public and private – are found in the Illawarra region.

Interesting Facts about the Illawarra

  • The Illawarra has a population of 294,494 (2016 census estimate).
  • Based on data sourced from Illawarra builders and real estate agents, the Illawarra’s median house price ranges from $640,000 (Shellharbour) to $800,000 (Wingecarribee Shire).

Nathan, Sean and the G.J. Gardner Homes team – experienced Illawarra builders - service the Illawarra region in its entirety:

  • Austinmer
  • Albion Park
  • Albion Park Rail
  • Alkira Estate
  • Albion Park
  • Bulli
  • Calderwood
  • Calderwood Valley Estate
  • Coledale
  • Corrimal
  • Dapto
  • Fairy Meadow
  • Figtree
  • Greenview Estate
  • Haywards Bay
  • Helensburgh
  • Horsley
  • Jamberoo
  • Keiraville
  • Kembla Grange
  • Lake Illawarra
  • Lynden View Estate
  • Mount Keira
  • Mount Ousley
  • Mount Warrigal
  • North Macquarie
  • Oak Flats
  • Port Kembla
  • Shell Cove
  • Shell Cove Estate
  • Shellharbour
  • Stanwell Park
  • Stanwell Tops
  • The Links Estate
  • The Waterfront
  • Thirroul
  • Tullimbar
  • Tullimbar Village
  • Unanderra
  • Vista Park Estate
  • Warilla
  • Warrawong
  • Wollongong

If you’re looking for professional Illawarra builders, please call the team at G.J. Gardner Homes in Oak Flats on 02 4256 4242.

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