WOLLONGONG police are investigating the sexual assault of a woman at Fairy Meadow.
Emergency services were called to Fairy Meadow Beach about 3am on Wednesday January 1 following reports a woman had been assaulted.
Police attended and were told the woman was walking along the beach alone when a man grabbed her from behind and dragged her to nearby sand dunes.
The man sexually assaulted the 21-year-old before fleeing.
Passers-by who heard the woman scream went to her aid and called emergency services. She was taken to Wollongong Hospital for treatment.Wollongong detectives established a crime scene at the beach and commenced inquiries.
Investigators would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or any suspicious activity in the area.
The man is described as caucasian in appearance, about 170cm tall, with small build and was wearing shorts and a black and silver necklace.