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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Container - The box that changed the world

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Sunday 20 January 2019 , Wollongong

    This summer make sure you check out this exciting, free outdoor exhibition that explores the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most important innovations: the humble shipping container. Colourful metal boxes will be…

    18 Dec - 20 Jan
  2. Summer Love

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Wollongong

    Bikinis, beaches, barbecues and all things sun drenched and hot, hot, hot! Works from the collection sizzle over the summer months in an exhibition which will leave you reaching for the nearest ice-cream! Gallery hours: 10am-5pm Tuesday…

    18 Dec - 03 Mar
  3. Santa Photography

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Monday 24 December 2018 , Wollongong

    Santa has arrived and is waiting in his grotto to meet the children, parents and pets of the Illawarra! Santa photography is available every day with hours increasing leading into Christmas. They also have dedicated sensitive Santa…

    18 Dec - 24 Dec