As the hub of northern Wollongong, Thirroul has a thriving café culture, great alfresco dining options, charming pubs and many boutique stores.
The wonderful beach is the most compelling reason to visit Thirroul, a sweep of golden sand backed by a large grassy park with a children's play area, close to shops and cafes.
The town also has a lively arts community. The English writer DH Lawrence lived in Thirroul in 1922 and wrote much of his Australian novel "Kangaroo" here. Wyewurk, the home he lived in, is now privately owned, however a park at the end of Craig Street offers a glimpse of the views Lawrence enjoyed. The town maintains a proud cultural heritage. Be sure to pedal the Wollongong Cycleway, a purpose-built track parallel to the ocean that passes through Thirroul. Nearby, Stanwell Park and Dapto are worth a visit.
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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