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. Jurassic January School Holidays

    Friday 25 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…

    25 Jan - 31 Jan
  2. The Box in the Corner

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Sunday 17 March 2019 , Wollongong

    An exhibition celebrating Australian television of the 20th century from its inception in 1956 to 1999. Prior to the digital age of flat screens, portable devices and on-demand viewing, television in Australia was from a simpler, yet…

    25 Jan - 17 Mar
  3. Summer Love

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Wollongong

    Bikinis, beaches, barbecues and all things sun drenched and hot, hot, hot! Works from the collection sizzle over the summer months in an exhibition which will leave you reaching for the nearest ice-cream! Gallery hours: 10am-5pm Tuesday…

    25 Jan - 03 Mar
  4. Sunset Cinema Wollongong

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Saturday 23 February 2019 , Wollongong

    Sink into a beanbag, sip on fine wine, laugh long and loud. Sunset Cinema is back at the Botanic Gardens from December until February. Featuring foot-stomping blockbusters, family favourites and VHS classics under the stars. With full…

    25 Jan - 23 Feb