From Stanwell Park in the north to Windang in the south, the Wollongong area enjoys many beautiful beaches. Relax on Stanwell Park Beach as hang-gliders and paragliders soar above. Find tranquillity on uncrowded beaches and world-class surf breaks along the splendid stretch of coast.
Beaches in Wollongong
One of the best ways to explore Wollongong’s coastline is along the Grand Pacific Drive, a spectacular road trip that begins just south of Sydney and winds through one of the world’s oldest national parks to where hang-gliders launch from a steep headland, with Stanwell Park Beach below.
Wollongong, conveniently located south of Sydney, is a delightful destination with many beautiful beaches. From soft sands to great surf, Wollongong beaches are an excellent choice for fun and relaxation.
Begin your discovery on the Grand Pacific Drive, a touring route through the Royal National Park to Stanwell Tops, the northern tip of Wollongong where you can enjoy tandem hang-gliding. The route then travels over the spectacular Sea Cliff Bridge and along the coast to central Wollongong.
Wollongong is NSW’s third-largest city, less than two hours south of Sydney by car or train, and is a great beach holiday destination. You’ll find a range of accommodation, surf shops, beachside cafés and quality restaurants.
The coastline is dotted with rock pools, ocean baths, sand bars, sheltered beaches and great waves for experienced surfers. For a bird’s-eye view of the coast, enjoy the thrill of tandem skydiving with Skydive the Beach.
You can also 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 reef break at Coledale and Sandon Point.
Coalcliff Beach attracts families to its rock pool, uncrowded Coledale has a relaxed vibe and Austinmer is long-time favourite because of its rock pools and ocean baths. Each of these beaches is on the Grand Pacific Drive.
The most popular beaches are North Wollongong Beach and Wollongong City Beach. Both have great waves as well as cycle paths, barbecue areas, and wading pools and nearby are parks offering respite from the sun.
Enjoy Sydneys 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 read 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 beachsafe.org.au.