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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 the only place in NSW where you can sky dive onto the beach.

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Wollongong Area

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 are 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 one of the area's purpose-built tracks or walk around Mt Keira on a 5.5-km trail that passes through rainforest and eucalypt forest. If you're feeling adventurous, sky dive onto the beach, the State's only beach skydive. Other activities include a walk across Sea Cliff Bridge, a dip in Austinmer's ocean pool or the panoramic view from Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Tops.

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

Local areas

  • Bulli Find out about Bulli, things to do, arts, culture, heritage and lifestyle, accommodation and what's on
  • Stanwell Park Stanwell Park is a small coastal town with a glorious surf beach. It's set dramatically against the steep, f
  • Thirroul Thirroul is a former coalmining village with character and fabulous surf.
  • Wollongong Wollongong is located just one hour's drive south of Sydney on the South Coast. lists things to

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