Wollongong and Surrounds

Enjoy a wonderful mix of beautiful beaches, unforgettable adventures and memorable experiences in the Wollongong region, just south of Sydney. To get there, follow the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive touring route over the Sea Cliff Bridge, as it snakes over the ocean, or travel by scenic train.

There’s plenty of great things to do in the region, from relaxing on gorgeous beaches, hang-gliding above the sparkling ocean and fun water sports to discovering the Science Space museum. You can even visit the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tandem skydiving above Wollongong beaches, with Skydive Sydney - Wollongong

Bring your bicycle and explore 42km of shared paths. You can bushwalk in rainforest on the Illawarra Escarpment, while the challenging Sublime Point walking track leads to a lookout with breathtaking views. For a thrilling panorama, go skydiving with Skydive Sydney – Wollongong.

Wollongong is NSW’s third-largest city, and home to the University of Wollongong, a top selection of restaurants and a vibrant arts precinct. The Keira Street ‘eat street’ is a short walk from the Wollongong Art Gallery, which has one of Australia’s best regional collections of Aboriginal art.

A boy hand-feeding a kangaroo joey, Symbio Wildlife Park

Accommodation options in the region range from beachside hotels to campgrounds by the ocean or Lake Illawarra, a popular waterway for sailing and waterskiing. Some beaches are within walking distance from train stations, including Coledale Beach, Austinmer Beach and North Wollongong Beach.

Check out the events calendar for festivals, shows and markets. A range of tours are also available, from surfing to diving. Stanwell Park is an internationally acclaimed hang-gliding spot where you can try tandem hang-gliding. Nearby, meet koalas, meerkats and dingoes at the Symbio Wildlife Park.

A short drive south is the Scarborough Hotel, which opened in 1887. The pub in the eponymous town has stunning ocean views. Discover more charming towns and postcard beaches such as Thirroul Beach in Thirroul and Bulli Beach in Bulli, a village which retains its colonial and mining heritage.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Urban farm experience

    Wednesday 09 January 2019 to Wednesday 23 January 2019 , Wollongong

    Green Connect is a sprawling urban farm using permaculture and organic principles to grow fair food for Wollongong and the Illawarra. They think that its important for people to know where their food comes from and the work that goes into…

    09 Jan - 23 Jan
  2. Urban farm experience for kids

    Friday 18 January 2019 to Wednesday 23 January 2019 , Wollongong

    Green Connect is a sprawling urban farm using permaculture and organic principles to grow fair food for Wollongong and the Illawarra. They think that it's important for kids to know where their food comes from and the work that goes into…

    18 Jan - 23 Jan
  3. Ceramics Workshops

    Thursday 24 January 2019 to Thursday 05 September 2019 , Wollongong

    They are a Ceramics Studio based in Wollongong. A great place to slow down, get together and have creative fun with family and friends. Kids can paint and take in one workshop. Working with ceramics has therapeutic benefits and helps…

    24 Jan - 05 Sep
  4. Singin' in the Rain

    Thursday 24 January 2019 to Saturday 26 January 2019 , Wollongong

    Singin’ in the Rain has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but…

    24 Jan - 26 Jan
  5. Red Alert

    Thursday 24 January 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Wollongong

    In celebration of the Gallery's Ruby Anniversary, the BlueScope Gallery will be transformed into a heart-warming space filled with a blush of red works from the collection. Including paintings and works on paper by Annette Bezor, John…

    24 Jan - 28 Apr
  6. Jurassic January School Holidays

    Thursday 24 January 2019 to Thursday 31 January 2019 , Wollongong

    Science Space is the place to be these Summer school holidays in the Illawarra! They’ve pulled together a school holiday program of prehistoric proportions! From themed dinosaur workshops to live science demonstrations, fossil hunts to…

    24 Jan - 31 Jan