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Adventure in Wollongong

There are plenty of opportunities for adventure activities in and around Wollongong, ranging from surfing and swimming to sailing, hang-gliding, paragliding, cycling and abseiling. Wollongong is also the only place in NSW where you can sky dive onto the beach.

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The coastal escarpment and a ribbon of beautiful beaches around Wollongong and nearby towns make it a perfect destination for outdoor adventures. Small coastal villages such as Austinmer, Stanwell Park and Thirroul have excellent surfing beaches while Lake Illawarra offers a choice of sailing, water skiing, canoeing and fishing.

Other interesting towns to visit include Bulli, a former coal-mining town on the coast that recaptures the charm of the 19th century in its architecture, and Helensburgh, a great base from which to explore the Royal National Park.

Things to do in the Wollongong area range from the energetic to the leisurely. Ride a bike along 60 kms of cycleways or walk around Mt Keira on a 5.5 km trail that passes through rainforest and eucalypt forest. If you're feeling adventurous, experience NSW's only beach skydive. Enjoy a walk across Sea Cliff Bridge, go for a dip in Austinmer's ocean pool or take in panoramic views of the Illawarra area from Bald Hill Lookout.

You'll find a wide variety of accommodation options in the area, ranging from hotels and apartments to hostels, camping and cabins.

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Local areas

  • Bulli A historic coal mining village that retains evidence of its rich past in its pubs, churches and historic building.
  • Stanwell Park A small coastal town with a glorious surf beach set against steep, forested escarpment cliffs.
  • Thirroul As the hub of northern Wollongong, Thirroul has a thriving café culture and great alfresco dining options.
  • Wollongong Wollongong offers superb beaches and a wide range of adventure activities just one hour's drive south of Sydney.

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Lawrence Hargrave Drive (Grand Pacific drive), Wollongong
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