Police detectives and forensic officers are investigating the death of a German woman and her two-year-old daughter whose bodies were found at the bottom of a Mt Keira lookout.
Police returned to the scene at first light on Wednesday to continue investigations into the circumstances surrounding the deaths. At this stage it is being treated as a potential murder-suicide.
As Police Rescue Squad members used abseiling equipment to reach the site where the mother and daughter died, community members laid flowers in honour of the lives lost.
One woman who placed a bunch of flowers on the road told reporters at the scene she was "just a mum".
Wollongong police boss Chief Superintendent Chris Craner said the news was going to be "absolutely devastating" for the entire community.
"It's going to be devastating for the family and my thoughts are also with the emergency services who have turned up here today to this horrific incident," Mr Craner said.
"Just seeing the police walk off and the ambulance walk off you think you poor buggers I know what you're about to face when you get down there so that's what I find upsetting for the troops."
Emergency service crews rushed to the lookout just after 1.50pm on Tuesday after reports of a concern for welfare.
The two bodies were found below the lookout.
A crime scene was established as officers from Wollongong Police District worked into the night with ambulance crews and other emergency service personnel.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.
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