Wollongong & Surrounds
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.
Wollongong Events Calendar
Wollongong is home to an exciting range of events throughout the year.
Watch A-League action as Sydney FC take on the Newcastle Jets at WIN Stadium on 3 January.
Experience a diverse variety of music in a vibrant community atmosphere at the Illawarra Folk Festival on 6 January.
The Navy Australia Surf Rowers Open travels to Shellharbour for its grand final season event from 20 - 22 February.
Wollongong also hosts a great variety of fitness events in 2015. The triTheGong festival features races for a range of abilities from 7 - 8 March, while the Splash 'n' Dash Festival includes ocean swims, fun runs and community walks from 28 - 29 March. Join the three-day Bravo Team Challenge to experience physical adventure on a military-style obstacle course between 17 - 19 April.
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Thursday 5 March to Monday 30 March 2015
Life on Flinders Exhibition of Work An exhibition of works in a variety
Friday 6 March to Sunday 8 March 2015
TriTheGong Triathlon Festival The stunning harbour precinct and b
Saturday 7 March to Sunday 8 March 2015
Thirroul Readers and Writers Festival The first Thirroul Readers and Writ
The 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 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.
Couple at Sublime Point Lookout near Bulli Pass. Image Adam Taylor
Sandon Point beach, Bulli Point. Image Tourism Wollongong
Aerial of Bulli and Bulli beach. Image Tourism Wollongong
Hang gliding at Stanwell Park. Image Tourism Wollongong
Couple at Stanwell Tops overlooking the beach. Image Hamilton Lund
Hanglider's view over the beach at Stanwell park.
Hang glider with sweeping coastline views at Stanwell Park, Image Tourism Illawarra
Interior of Samuel's Cafe in Thirroul. Image Tourism Wollongong
Surf life saving patrol area at Thirroul Beach. Image Tourism Wollongong
Surfer heading into the ocean. Image Sharyn Cairns
Couple walking around Wollongong harbour and lighthouse. Image Anson Smart
Fishing boats moored in Belmore Basin, Wollongong. Image North Sullivan
Aerial of Wollongong city and North beach. Image Illawarra tourism
Australian Surf Boat Championship, Wollongong. Image Tourism Wollongong
Windsurfing in Wollongong. Image Tourism Wollongong
Aerial view of Sea Cliff Bridge, part of the Grand Pacific Drive. Image Tourism Wollongong
Rock Climbing, Wollongong. Image Tourism Wollongong
- 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.