Wollongong and Surrounds

For wonderful experiences, memorable adventures and beautiful beaches, the Wollongong region just south of Sydney is inspiring. Begin your sojourn on the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive touring route over the serpentine Sea Cliff Bridge or on a scenic train trip and enjoy splendid coastal vistas.

You’ll find plenty of delightful and exciting things to do and see, from hang-gliding above the azure sea and relaxing on sandy beaches to fun water sports, exploring stars at the Science Centre and Planetarium and visiting Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere.

Skydiving Wollongong - Skydive the Beach and Beyond

Bring your bicycle and pedal on more than 42km of shared paths. Bushwalking in rainforest on the Illawarra Escarpment is also popular. 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-biggest city, a great place to explore a delicious selection of restaurants and a vibrant arts precinct. Accommodation options range from beachside hotels to campgrounds by the ocean or Lake Illawarra, a popular waterway for sailing, waterskiing and fishing.

Kangaroo Feeding - Symbio Wildlife Park

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

A short drive south is Scarborough Hotel, a pub with an art gallery and stunning ocean views from a garden. Visit charming towns and more postcard beaches, such as Austinmer Beach near Thirroul and Bulli Beach in Bulli, which retains its colonial and mining heritage through its buildings and museum.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Art Classes with Violetta Strabic

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Tuesday 29 January 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 t…

    15 Aug - 29 Jan
  2. The Collectors - Works from the Collection

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , Wollongong

    Wollongong Art Gallery’s collection owes much to the philanthropy of benefactors whose donations and gifts have helped shape and give it form. This exhibition pays tribute to their generosity and the important contribution they have made to…

    15 Aug - 28 Oct
  3. Jewels in the Crown

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 26 August 2018 , Wollongong

    Masterpieces and much loved works from the Gallery’s collection will be exhibited in Jewels in the Crown. This exhibition shows the depth and breadth of the Gallery’s collection from Eugene von Guerard’s detailed views of the Illawarra, Ro…

    15 Aug - 26 Aug
  4. East Meets West

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 11 November 2018 , Wollongong

    The Mann-Tatlow Collection of Asian Art, gifted in 2003 and the Nancye Dryden Collection of South East Asian Textiles bequeathed to the Gallery in 2012 have formed the Gallery's newest collecting area. This exhibition relates collection wo…

    15 Aug - 11 Nov
  5. Red Alert

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018 , 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 Cobu…

    15 Aug - 23 Sep
  6. Humans

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Wollongong

    Courageous, ground-breaking, risk-taking. Circa might just be the most in-demand Australian arts company in the world right now, and it’s easy to see why. Their reputation for fearless, boundary-pushing new circus, which combines physical …

    15 Aug - 19 Aug