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 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.
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.
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.
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.