The Wollongong area is also shaping up as a fine food and wine destination, with talented chefs serving great local produce and premium wines. Kangaroo Valley, just west of Berry, is alive with some of Australia's richest livestock and produce.
Wollongong is a coastal city with all the elements for a great beach holiday. There's a wide range of accommodation, surf shops, beachside cafes and parkland. It also has a stunning coastline that's dotted with rockpools, ocean baths, sand bars, sheltered beaches and great waves for experienced surfers.
Many of the beaches around Wollongong are positioned between the ocean and the green hills of the rocky Illawarra escarpment. The beaches north of Wollonging have their own flavour. Coalcliff Beach attracts families to its rockpool, uncrowded Coledale has a relaxed vibe and Austinmer is longtime favourite because of its rockpools and ocean baths. The most popular beaches are North Wollongong Beach and Wollongong City Beach which both have great waves as well as cycle paths, BBQs, shady trees and wading pools.
You can learn to surf with accredited surf schools at many Wollongong beaches. And, if you're an experienced surfer, check out the waves at Scarborough Beach, Thommos break at Coledale and Sandon Point.
Enjoy NSW beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips.
Always swim between the red and yellow flags – 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.
Make sure you ready any safety signs at the beach and 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 and find a patrolled beach by visiting www.beachsafe.org.au.
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