Adorned by rainforest-covered escarpment and the stunning golden beaches of the South Coast, NSW’s third-largest city is a fun, vibrant and delicious urban centre that offers diverse appeal. Dial up the adventure by going skydiving, playing golf or cycling, or discover beautiful botanic gardens, relaxed cafes and restaurants, and a thriving arts scene.
From visiting bustling food markets to enjoying a cocktail at a hidden small bar, there are many foodie experiences on offer in Wollongong. Explore the dedicated ‘eat street’ on Keira Street between Crown and Smith streets. Visit Babyface Kitchen for a seasonal produce-inspired menu, His Boy Elroy for American-style burgers, Rookie Eatery for contemporary cuisine within a historic house and Diggies Cafe for a modern Australian brunch with water views.
The city also has a vibrant arts precinct, centred on the Wollongong Art Gallery, one of Australia’s finest regional art galleries that houses a large collection of contemporary, Aboriginal, Asian and colonial artworks. At the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, there are three venues that host theatre, music and comedy.
Journey to the stars at the Science Space, home to Australia’s most digitally advanced Planetarium and over 90 interactive exhibits For children under 10, Early Start Discovery Space offers hand’s on experiences that will inspire the imagination, perfect for 10 years and under. A short drive south of Wollongong is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, Nan Tien Temple. Take a tour and explore the pretty gardens. There are also guided tours of the Port Kembla Steelworks and the historic Blue Mile.
Take a dip at one of the beaches that line the edge of the city. Around Wollongong, there are plenty of outdoor adventures from skydiving and scuba diving to surfing, fishing and mountain biking. Explore rainforest walking tracks on the Illawarra Escarpment at Mount Keira and Mount Kembla.
Destination NSW acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people as the state’s first people and nations and recognises Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and occupants of New South Wales land and water.