One of the best ways to enjoy the scenic coastline and escarpment around Wollongong is from the air. Why not try a tandem hang-glide from Bald Hill Lookout near Stanwell Park, a joy flight over the coast or freefalling at 250km/hr on a sky dive.
Wollongong adventureWollongong is a great adventure escape with plenty of outdoor activities to choose from at the region's beaches, lakes and rivers.
Start with a walk across Sea Cliff Bridge, a scenic highlight on the Grand Pacific Drive from which you'll enjoy panoramic coastal views north and south. The cliffs that rise sharply from the coast here, combined with strong air currents, make this a great place to go hang-gliding; in fact it's the hang-gliding capital of Australia. If you've ever thought you'd like to try hang-gliding, Bald Hill at Stanwell Tops is one of the best spots in Australia to do it. Several experienced operators offer tandem hang-gliding for all skill levels. You'll soar above the cliffs and ocean before landing on Stanwell Park Beach. For the more adventurous, Wollongong is also home to Australia's only beach skydive including a night-skydive.
Cycling is popular around Wollongong because of the extensive network of bike tracks along the coast. You can even enjoy a cycling holiday with the whole family, taking two days to ride from Wollongong along the coast to Kiama.
Wollongong is surrounded by beautiful beaches and you can learn to surf with accredited surf schools at many of them. If you're an experienced surfer, check out the waves at Scarborough Beach, Thommos break at Coledale and Sandon Point. If you enjoy walking, follow the 5.5-km track at Mt Keira, passing through beautiful eucalypt and rainforest. This is just one of the walking tracks in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area.
For family-friendly adventure, don't miss Jamberoo Action Park which has high-speed waterslides and rides, a downhill bobsled and favourite rides such as The Taipan and Surf Hill. Close by is the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, a 1500 m-walk through beautiful warm temperate rainforest with great views out to the ocean.