Wollongong

Memorable adventures begin in Wollongong, a beautiful seaside destination perfect for day trips, weekend escapes and longer sojourns. NSW’s third-largest city is within easy reach from Sydney and home to stunning beaches, exciting water sports, thrilling skydiving and extensive cycleways.

Your senses will be delighted with the delicious selection of restaurants and a vibrant arts precinct centred on the Wollongong Art Gallery and Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. Journey to the stars at the Science Centre and Planetarium and discover the future at Futureworld, a hands-on experience.

Cycling along Wollongong Beach

Check out the exciting events calendar of festivals, shows, concerts, recitals, exhibitions and markets. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, from beachside hotels to camping sites by the ocean or Lake Illawarra, a popular waterway for kayaking, sailing, waterskiing and fishing.

Getting to Wollongong is easy.The quickest route from Sydney is along the M1 motorway. Or take the Grand Pacific Drive, a spectacular touring route through the Royal National Park to Stanwell Park and south over the Sea Cliff Bridge, an engineering marvel, to Wollongong and the NSW South Coast.

Sea Cliff Bridge - Grand Pacific Drive

The scenic train trip from Sydney to Wollongong is 90 minutes. The station is within easy walking distance of some major attractions, including two popular beaches — Wollongong City Beach and North Wollongong Beach. Enjoy the delightful walk between both beaches, via Wollongong Harbour.

A short drive south is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, Nan Tien Temple. You can amble in the pretty gardens and tour the temple. There are other tours in Wollongong, including skydiving, scuba diving, surfing, fishing and even a weekly tour of the Port Kembla Steelworks.

Lotus Pond - Nan Tien Temple - Wollongong and Surrounds

There are many more things to do and see. Explore rainforest walking tracks on the Illawarra Escarpment at Mount Keira and Mount Kembla, where you can enjoy a cool drink at the Mount Kembla Village Hotel, a timber pub established in 1898. Visit the cellar door of Five Barrel Brewing.

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  1. Kiama Farmers Market

    Wednesday 28 February 2018 to Wednesday 28 March 2018 , Kiama

    The Kiama Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday at Surf Beach, located on Manning Street. You couldn’t wish for a more picturesque backdrop for your weekly shopping expedition! The market is started each week by the “ringing” of the b…

    28 Feb - 28 Mar
  2. High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Saturday 07 July 2018 , Gerringong

    Come along and enjoy High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant - Mercure Resort Gerringong. It is held on the first and third Saturday of every month, from 12noon until 3pm. The price includes a scrumptious selection of Chef's sweet and savou…

    03 Mar - 07 Jul
  3. Healthy Livin Festival

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Sunday 04 March 2018 , Kiama

    They've teamed up with one of the largest mental health movements in the country, Livin, to deliver a huge weekend of fitness, health and wellness in Kiama on the first weekend of March 2018. Moodi Dennaoui, Tanya Poppett and Kev Toonen l…

    03 Mar - 04 Mar
  4. Kiama Arts Trail Open Weekend

    Sunday 04 March 2018 , Kiama

    The Kiama Arts Trail takes you through some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia, where you can visit award winning artists’ studios and galleries. Entry to each of the venues is free. With a range of artwork and a wide variet…

    04 Mar
  5. Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival

    Friday 09 March 2018 to Sunday 11 March 2018 , Kiama

    Kiama and the surrounding area will be a music lover's haven again over the second weekend of March 2018 with everything from Jazz, Blues, Swing, Roots, Boogie, Gypsy, Rumba, and Rag and Honky Tonk on offer. From concerts in the park to c…

    09 Mar - 11 Mar