Adventure in Wollongong
here 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 the only place in NSW where you can sky dive onto the beach.
Wollongong is the third largest city in New South Wales, located just one hour's drive south of Sydney on the South Coast. Travel to Wollongong via the F6 Southern Freeway and pause to admire the panoramic view of the city, its beaches and harbour from Bulli Pass Scenic Reserve. Alternatively, turn off at the Royal National Park and follow the scenic coastal drive, the Grand Pacific Drive, that winds its way along the coast to Wollongong.
In a glorious natural setting, Wollongong is fringed by superb beaches, has alfresco dining, a brewery by the beach and plenty of accommodation options that makes it a great base for exploring the region.Things to do in and around Wollongong include skydiving onto the beach, hang-gliding or paragliding, Harley and Ferrari joy rides, and playing golf on a beachside course. Nearby Lake Illawarra offers a choice of sailing, waterskiing, canoeing and fishing. There are 60kms of cycleways along the coast, so hire a bike and explore Wollongong with the kids.
Don't miss Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere that's just 10 minutes drive from Wollongong. Wander through the pretty gardens, take a guided tour of the temple or stay overnight and experience a taste of the Buddhist way of life. The Wollongong City Gallery has one of the best regional art collections in NSW with a special focus on colonial and early Australian art, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artefacts, contemporary art, and Asian artefacts.
Wollongong offers a wide variety of accommodation from hotels, bed & breakfasts and apartments to cabins, hostels and camping options.
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Spend the day surfing, swimming or investigating rock pools by the family-friendly North Wollongong Beach. Make your way to Fairy Meadow Beach and enjoy southerly scenic vistas of Wollongong and beyond. Stop by Windang Beach to savour panoramic views of The Five Islands located off shore.
Wander through subtropical rainforest and eucalypt forests within the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Revel in the impressive views offered by Robertson lookout. Explore the area on foot as you follow the Mount Keira Ring track, the Mount Kembla Ring track or the Palm Jungle loop track.
Relax and Unwind
Pack a picnic blanket and a good book and spend time relaxing under the shady trees of the Wollongong Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a barbecue and plan a fun day out with the family at Byarong Park picnic area. Unwind while you stroll through the peaceful buildings and landscaped gardens of Nan Tien Temple.
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Wollongong harbour and lighthouse. Image credit: Anson Smart
Belmore Basin, Wollongong. Image credit: North Sullivan
Aerial of Wollongong city and North beach. Image credit: Illawarra tourism
Australian Surf Boat Championship, Wollongong. Image credit: Tourism Wollongong
Sea Cliff Bridge, Grand Pacific Drive. Image credit: Tourism Wollongong