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.


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  1. Ceramics Workshops

    Wednesday 20 March 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…

    20 Mar - 05 Sep
  2. Permaculture farm tour

    Wednesday 20 March 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…

    20 Mar
  3. Art Classes with Violetta Strabic

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Saturday 14 December 2019 , Wollongong

    Bring out your artistic flare by painting, drawing, and ceramics with Violetta Strabic. Situated in Wollongong, Violetta is passionate about bringing the world of day dreaming and beauty into everyday coastal life and loves illuminating…

    20 Mar - 14 Dec
  4. Red Alert

    Wednesday 20 March 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…

    20 Mar - 28 Apr