With a beautiful coastline, dramatic cliff tops and a medley of forests, the Wollongong region is built for adventure. Just south of Sydney, on the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive, try hang-gliding and skydiving, or enjoy cycling, bushwalking, surfing, sailing, waterskiing and diving.
Pretty beaches dot the coast, from Stanwell Park Beach in the north to Windang Beach in the south. You can learn to surf with Pines Surfing Academy and Australian Surf Tours. For diving, join Windang Dive on a tour through the clear waters of the magnificent NSW South Coast.
Try hang-gliding and paragliding at Stanwell Tops in Stanwell Park, where Australian aeronautical pioneer Lawrence Hargrave first flew in his box kite in 1894. Sydney Hang Gliding Centre, HangglideOz, Warren Windsports and Adventure Plus Paragliding all offer tandem flights.
With magnificent views and enchanting forest, the Illawarra Escarpment is perfect for bushwalking. Sublime Point walking track, just north of Thirroul, ascends to a lookout over Bulli and the coast. Just west of Wollongong are the Mount Keira and Mount Kembla ring tracks.
Cycling is also popular, with 42km of shared pathways to explore. You can pedal all the way south to Lake Illawarra, which is popular for sailing, waterskiing, kayaking, fishing and stand-up paddleboarding. Even the little ones can embark on adventures at the Early Start Discovery Space.
For motor enthusiasts, get behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 with Cliff to Coast Sports Car Drives and drive over the Sea Cliff Bridge, an engineering marvel. To experience the thrill of travelling at 200 km/h, go tandem skydiving with Skydive Sydney – Wollongong and land next to a beach.