Wollongong & Surrounds

Highlights

Discover beautiful beaches and wonderful adventures in the Wollongong region, on the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive just south of Sydney. There’s swimming, surfing, hang-gliding, cycling, skydiving, fishing, boating and bushwalking. You'll also be treated to a vibrant calendar of festivals, concerts and shows.

  • Scarborough Hotel, Scarborough, South Coast
  • Lawrence Hargrave Drive

Discover the Wollongong region

For wonderful experiences, memorable adventures and beautiful beaches, the Wollongong region just south of Sydney is inspiring. Begin your sojourn on the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive touring route over the serpentine Sea Cliff Bridge or on a scenic train trip and enjoy splendid coastal vistas.

You’ll find plenty of delightful and exciting things to do and see, from hang-gliding above the azure sea and relaxing on sandy beaches to fun water sports, exploring stars at the Science Centre and Planetarium and visiting Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere.

Stanwell Park, South Coast

Bring your bicycle and pedal on more than 42km of shared paths. Bushwalking in rainforest on the Illawarra Escarpment is also popular. The challenging Sublime Point walking track leads to a lookout with breathtaking views. For a thrilling panorama, go skydiving with Skydive Sydney – Wollongong.

Wollongong is NSW’s third-biggest city, a great place to explore a delicious selection of restaurants and a vibrant arts precinct. Accommodation options range from beachside hotels to campgrounds by the ocean or Lake Illawarra, a popular waterway for sailing, waterskiing and fishing.

Check out the events calendar for festivals, shows and markets throughout the year. A range of tours are available, from surfing to diving. Stanwell Park is an acclaimed hang-gliding spot where you can try tandem hang-gliding. Nearby, meet koalas, meerkats and dingoes at Symbio Wildlife Sanctuary.

A short drive south is Scarborough Hotel, a pub with an art gallery and stunning ocean views from a garden. Visit charming towns and more postcard beaches, such as Austinmer Beach near Thirroul and Bulli Beach in Bulli, which retains its colonial and mining heritage through its buildings and museum.

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  • 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.