Discover gorgeous beaches, pretty rock pools and laid-back coastal towns an hour south of Sydney, in the beautiful Wollongong region. This stunning stretch of coastline is on the Grand Pacific Drive touring route, and the perfect place to relax and unwind. You can also get here by train.
The dramatic Illawarra Escarpment and the azure sea enhance the natural beauty of the beaches. The headlands at beaches are great vantage points for whale watching. Spot humpback whales and other majestic whales on their annual migration along the NSW coast, between May and November.
In Stanwell Park, roll out your towel on the fine white sands of Stanwell Park Beach, and gaze up at hang-gliders and paragliders flying in the sky. The large reserve on the edge of the beach is ideal for family picnics with BBQ facilities, a kiosk and children’s playground.
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North Wollongong Beach and Wollongong City Beach are the most popular beaches. Both are next to reserves with picnic areas. Farther south is Windang Beach, near Shellharbour and Lake Illawarra, a large saltwater lake popular for sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and other water sports.
Along the coast you’ll find excellent surf breaks for experienced surfers, or learn to surf with Pines Surfing Academy and Australian Surf Tours. Wollongong is NSW’s third-largest city, and home to an exciting events calendar, plenty of places to stay, and great restaurants and cafes.