Adventure in Wollongong

The Wollongong and Illawarra region, just south of Sydney, is a coastal adventurer’s dream. With a striking coastline and dramatic cliff tops which drop right into the sea, it’s the ideal place to try hang-gliding and skydiving, or enjoy cycling, bushwalking, surfing, sailing, water-skiing and diving.

Touchdown Helicopters scenic flight over Wollongong Harbour in Wollongong

In the air

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, and Adventure Plus Paragliding all offer tandem flights.

With Skydive Sydney – Wollongong you can jump from 15,000 feet, the highest altitude skydive in Australia, and land right next to the beach. Or see the whole region from above on a scenic helicopter flight with Touchdown Helicopters.

Tandem skydiving above Wollongong beaches, with Skydive Sydney - Wollongong

On the water

Pristine beaches dot the coast, from Stanwell Park Beach in the north to Windang Beach in the south. You can learn to surf off them with Pines Surfing Academy and Australian Surf Tours. For diving, join Windang Dive on a tour through the clear waters of the NSW South Coast.

Just south of Wollongong is Lake Illawarra, which is popular for sailing, waterskiing, kayaking, fishing and stand-up paddleboarding. Take a kitesurfing lesson and learn to zip across the top of the water on a board propelled by a huge kite.

Man riding a bike along Wollongong Beach in  Wollongong

On the land

With amazing views and untouched forest, the Illawarra Escarpment is perfect for bushwalking. Sublime Point walking track, just north of Thirroul, climbs to a lookout over Bulli and the coast. Just west of Wollongong are the Mount Keira and Mount Kembla ring tracks.

The Illawarra is the perfect place to explore on two wheels – there are more than 40km of shared pathways through the region. 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.