Found a spectacular ninety minute drive south of Sydney via the breathtaking Grand Pacific Drive or an hour via the freeway. The city is the entry point to the South Coast and boasts stunning beaches, national parkland and lakes.
Whether you’re here for the day, overnight or for a weekend conference there is more than enough to fill any spare time you have.
Pack some sunscreen and your swimmers and take a pre meeting dip or surf one of the seventeen surf beaches or simply wind down after the day with laps at the iconic seawater rock pools that are found on Wollongong beaches.
Cycling enthusiasts will love the city’s dedication to all things two wheels with over sixty kilometres of coastal on and off road cycle ways and plenty of bike hire places along the way. Plus there’s a boardwalk along the harbour and foreshore should you wish to walk or jog.
When you’ve worked up an appetite then descend on Wollongong’s thriving small bar and local produce café scene. Diggies Café in North Wollongong has one of the best breakfast views and modern Australian cuisine served up in a heritage listed site blending old and new. His Boy Elroy kitchen and bar can be found in the uber cool Globe Lane for barista coffee and locally brewed beer. Try levelone@harbourfront for alfresco harbour side dining on the water level at Belmore Basin.
If you find yourself with spare time then Nan Tien Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere with lush gardens. The Australian Motorlife Museum features an impressive car collection including sixteen pre–1930s vehicles. Futureworld exhibition centre will keep the technology obsessed happy with a Greenhouse Gasometre Bike, Wave Power and a Mini Eco House.
To get an idea of the scale and scope of Wollongong and the Illawarra Region’s landscape head to one of the city’s lookouts. Bald Hill lookout is a popular take off spot for hang gliders with sweeping views.
The Southern Gateway Centre lookout can be found at Bulli Tops and overlooks the city below. There’s a restaurant, café and gelato bar for those needing sustenance.
Sublime Point Lookout, also at Bulli Tops, showcases the escarpment to the sea and has a challenging walking track better suited to the fitter walker with an impressive final climb.
Mt Keira lookout is considered a major landmark. You’ll find the lookout a short drive north-west of Wollongong. Expect rainforest as well as sixty metre high turpentine trees and a view you will want your camera for.
Still want more? Then try the twelve kilometre Forest Track from Sublime Point to Stanwell Park. Those who prefer a more sedate pace can simply take a stroll around Wollongong’s Botanic Garden.