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.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Bombala Show

    Saturday 18 March 2017 to Saturday 17 March 2018 , Bombala

    The Bombala Show is a traditional country show that offers a unique experience for people of all ages and showcases the local regions produce and country hospitality. This wonderful day and night event is jam-packed with attractions includ…

    18 Mar - 17 Mar
  2. Abikhair's Emporium Exhibition

    Saturday 06 January 2018 to Saturday 17 March 2018 , Albury Wodonga

    This exhibition showcases items from AlburyCity’s wonderful collection from the former Abikhair’s department store, which operated in Albury from 1928 to 1995. Original merchandise and advertising material from previous decades connect the …

    06 Jan - 17 Mar
  3. Fire: An Installation by Kevina-Jo Smith

    Saturday 20 January 2018 to Saturday 17 March 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Fire is a site-specific installation by artist Kevina-Jo Smith at the Woodford Academy, the Blue Mountains oldest building. Smith’s installation engages with concerns of climate change and the bushfire season in the Blue Mountains. The inst…

    20 Jan - 17 Mar
  4. Sheffield Shield: NSW Blues Vs QLD Bulls

    Wednesday 14 March 2018 to Saturday 17 March 2018 , Wollongong

    The New South Wales Blues will be taking on the Queensland Bulls at North Dalton Park, Fairy Meadow from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March. Play will be from 10.30am to 5.30pm daily. Both sides will have a number of Australian test, and cu…

    14 Mar - 17 Mar
  5. Gloucester AH and P District Show

    Friday 16 March 2018 to Saturday 17 March 2018 , Gloucester

    There’s nothing like a country show to see the true Aussie spirit of hard working farmers, food growers and skilled residents of a small country town. So don’t miss this annual Gloucester Show extravaganza with all your favourite highlights…

    16 Mar - 17 Mar