Wollongong beaches

Highlights

From Stanwell Park in the north to Windang in the south, the Wollongong region south of Sydney is blessed with many beautiful beaches. Relax on Stanwell Park Beach as hang-gliders soar above, find serenity on uncrowded beaches and enjoy world-class surf breaks along this splendid coastline.

  • Stanwell Park, Wollongong
  • Cycling, Wollongong Beach

Beautiful beaches in Wollongong

Unwind and relax on gorgeous beaches in the Wollongong region, just south of Sydney on the marvellous Grand Pacific Drive touring route. You can take a scenic train too from Sydney and alight at railway stations for a short walk to soft sands, rolling waves, rock pools and glorious ocean views.

In Stanwell Park, roll out your towel on the fine white sands of Stanwell Park Beach and gaze up at hang-gliders and paragliders performing graceful flying manoeuvres. The large reserve on the edge of the beach is ideal for family picnics with barbecue facilities, a kiosk and a children’s playground.

North Beach, Wollongong

You’ll discover more wonderful beaches. Pitch a tent beachside at Coledale Beach and swim in two large rock pools at Austinmer Beach. Just south in Thirroul is Thirroul Beach, backed by a lovely park with a children’s play area. In Bulli, enjoy pretty picnic areas at Bulli Beach and Sandon Point Beach.

North Wollongong Beach and Wollongong City Beach are the most popular beaches. Both beaches are next to reserves with picnic areas. Farther south is Windang Beach, near Shellharbour and Lake Illawarra, a large saltwater lake popular for sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and other water sports.

Along the coast are excellent surf breaks for experienced boardriders. You can learn to surf with Pines Surfing Academy and Australian Surf Tours. Wollongong is NSW’s third-biggest city with an exciting events calendar, plenty of places to stay and a delicious selection of restaurants and cafes.

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flag; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.

Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beaches by visiting beachsafe.org.au.

  1. Austinmer Beach

    Austinmer Beach is one of Wollongong's most popular beaches, located just 25 minutes north of the central business district. Austinmer is well set up to cater to large summer crowds being patrolled...

  2. Bellambi Beach

    Bellambi Beach is at the southern end of a two kilometre stretch of beach and is backed by a reserve with distant mountain views. The beach is extremely popular for fishing with the boat ramp and small harbour near...

  3. Belmore Basin

    Belmore Basin played a large part in Wollongong's early development as a busy sea port. There are tables and picnic facilities, restaurants, cafes and a playground.All overlooking the picturesque...

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