Wollongong & Surrounds


There are plenty of opportunities for adventure 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 right next to the beach.

  • Australian Beach Soccer Cup 2014, Wollongong
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Wollongong and Surrounds

The coastal escarpment and broad bounty of beaches around Wollongong make for an idyllic adventure destination, and with a packed schedule of Wollongong events, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

Activities in the Wollongong area range from the energetic to the leisurely. Ride a bike along 60kms of cycleways or walk around Mt Keira on a 5.5km trail that passes through vibrant rainforest and eucalypt forest. If you're feeling adventurous, experience NSW's only beach skydive, an exhilarating experience with unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean.

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.

Enjoy a walk across Sea Cliff Bridge to Wollongong’s north, a winding stretch of highway that edges the Illawarra cliffs and runs right above the sea. Go for a dip in Austinmer's ocean pool or take in panoramic views of the Illawarra area from Bald Hill Lookout, a prime hang gliding location.

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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.