A bustling urban hub, Wollongong is resplendent with beautiful beaches, bushland and a thriving cosmopolitan culture. Located in NSW’s Illawarra region, it offers a wide range of attractions, ranging from exciting events, adventure pursuits to relaxed fun for the family.

With its ocean-side position and nearby Lake Illawarra, there are an abundance of water activities to enjoy: sailing, water-skiing, canoeing and fishing. For thrill-seekers, there’s also hang-gliding and paragliding and even the chance to skydive onto the beach.

It’s a great base to explore the region: nearby Royal National Park offers sanctuary for those looking to get back to nature, while the scenic coastal Grand Pacific Drive delivers stunning ocean views.

You could also visit the beautiful Nan Tien Buddhist Temple for an extraordinary cultural experience or take a ride up the Illawarra Escarpment on the “Cockatoo Run” tourist train and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

If you’re looking to stay in Wollongong, there’s a wide range of accommodation and plenty of options for going out, including the Illawarra Brewery, situated opposite the City Beach, with its huge collection of award winning handcrafted beers.

Wollongong offers something for everyone and it’s just an hour’s drive from Sydney.

Wollongong on VisitNSW.com