Nestled between the spectacular 30-million-year-old Illawarra escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, Wollongong is a buzzing seaside city just an hour’s drive south of Sydney, From historic harbours and coastal rainforests to walking trails and a string of golden beaches, Wollongong is a jewel with plenty of opportunities to swim, surf, picnic and play.
The dynamic city centre features shopping, art galleries, cafes, restaurants, and a lively bar and entertainment scene. The region is famous for its outdoor adventures and activities, and is close to the Royal National Park. Just north of Wollongong, the villages of Bulli, Thirroul, Austinmer and Coledale are beachside playgrounds with superb food and a relaxed atmosphere.
Port Kembla is a working industrial port and cruise ships dock at a dedicated terminal. Because of this, it’s considered a ‘closed port’ and you can’t walk around the area. A free shuttle bus meets the cruise ships and takes passengers into the city centre, where they will be met by friendly local ambassadors. You can also book a taxi or private car.