Wollongong

Discover a beachside buzz, extensive cycleways and myriad adventures in NSW’s third-largest city, south of Sydney. In Wollongong’s heart is the tempting Keira Street ‘eat street’, between Crown and Smith streets. A stroll away is one of the finest regional art galleries, with a wonderful Aboriginal collection.

The quickest route to Wollongong, in the Illawarra region, is along the M1 Princes 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 feat snaking out over the ocean.

A cyclist riding on the promenade, North Wollongong Beach, Wollongong

The scenic train trip from Sydney to Wollongong is 90 minutes. The station is within easy walking distance of some major attractions, including Wollongong City Beach and North Wollongong Beach. There’s a gorgeous walk between both beaches, via pretty Wollongong Harbour.

Dine at beachside cafes and laid-back restaurants, and enjoy a vibrant arts precinct, centred on the Wollongong Art Gallery and the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. Journey to the stars at the Science Space and discover the future at the Futureworld Eco-Technology Centre.

A lotus pond at the Nan Tien Temple, near Wollongong

A short drive south is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, Nan Tien Temple. You can explore the tranquil gardens and tour the temple. Other tours include skydiving, scuba diving, surfing and fishing. There’s 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. Or enjoy a cool drink at the Mount Kembla Village Hotel, a timber pub established in 1898, and visit the cellar door of Five Barrel Brewing.

Wollongong has an exciting events calendar of festivals, shows, concerts, exhibitions and markets. There are lots of accommodation options, from beachside hotels to camping sites by the ocean or Lake Illawarra, a popular waterway for kayaking, sailing, waterskiing and fishing.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. The Box in the Corner

    Thursday 21 February 2019 to Sunday 17 March 2019 , Wollongong

    An exhibition celebrating Australian television of the 20th century from its inception in 1956 to 1999. Prior to the digital age of flat screens, portable devices and on-demand viewing, television in Australia was from a simpler, yet…

    21 Feb - 17 Mar
  2. Red Alert

    Thursday 21 February 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Wollongong

    In celebration of the Gallery's Ruby Anniversary, the BlueScope Gallery will be transformed into a heart-warming space filled with a blush of red works from the collection. Including paintings and works on paper by Annette Bezor, John…

    21 Feb - 28 Apr
  3. The TV Show

    Thursday 21 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Wollongong

    Moving pictures come at you all day, every day and everywhere. Television is no longer necessarily the dominant mode of entertainment in everyday life. If anything, it evokes nostalgia for a bygone era when the domestic television set…

    21 Feb - 24 Feb