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About Wollongong

Wollongong is just 82km south of Sydney, on the East Coast of NSW, and is the third largest city in NSW. The name Wollongong is beleived to mean "Sound of the Sea", being blessed with surf beaches, but it is now also known for its Industry. Wollongong Harbour at night, and the Botanic Gardens during the day are worthy attractions.

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Wollongong: Big City Comfort near the Surf

The 3rd largest city in New South Wales, Wollongong enjoys a waterfront position on the South Coast. Indeed, the city is just moments from over 17 beaches, most of which are patrolled. While you’re along the waterfront, try one of the trails linking Wollongong to neighbouring towns.

In the CBD, take your pick of restaurants, shops and bars. Delve into Wollongong’s cultural heritage as you discover artwork by Aboriginal artists or spend some time at the buddhist temple of Nan Tien. To unwind, stroll through the city’s botanic gardens showcasing flora from around the world.

There are many holiday rental options in Wollongong, such as bright and airy flats, luxurious penthouses and self-contained family homes.

Wollongong’s Beaches

One way to discover Wollongong’s beaches is to take the car and head along Grand Pacific Drive. Simply stop at the stretch of golden sand that appeals to you the most. Wollongong City Beach and North Wollongong Beach are the most well-known beaches in the area, popular for swimming or simply lounging about. These expansive beaches are lined by leafy reserves and BBQ areas are just beyond the waterfront.

If you’re looking for rock pools, go to Coalcliff Beach or Austinmer Beach, which also has ocean baths. Surfers, meanwhile, tend to favour Scarborough Beach and Sandon Point. To escape the crowds, hop in the car and drive the short distance to Coledale Beach, which has some good breaks for surfers, too. There are many smaller beaches to discover in and around Wollongong.

Walking, Hiking and Cycling in Wollongong

It’s easy to stay fit and active in Wollongong. Walk as much as you’d like or rent a bike and venture along the Wollongong to Thirroul Bike Track, along the Illawarra waterfront. This 13 km path begins at Wollongong’s main beach. Not far from town, Mount Keira and Kembla welcome hikers and bushwalkers.

Close to the CBD, you will find a number of parks with their own flat trails, easily accessible for the whole family. Wollongong Botanic Garden has its own network of trails, leading through palm tree or rose gardens and rainforest areas. Discover flora from around Australia, New Zealand and overseas. When it’s time for a break, stop to rest in the outdoor reading room.

Wollongong Arts, Culture and Heritage

Start your cultural journey at the Wollongong City Gallery to view works by local painters and sculptors, including an extensive collection of pieces by Aboriginal artists. Next, head to the Wollongong Art Gallery, featuring a mix of permanent and temporary exhibits. This is one of the most important collections of art in regional Australia. Smaller galleries are clustered in Wollongong’s CBD.

If you’re in the mood for a musical, see what’s playing at the Illawara Performing Arts Centre. Many smaller theatre companies also put on shows throughout the year. If you’re visiting Wollongong in April, you will be able to attend the Eisteddfod events, where bands and theatre groups perform and compete.

Spend some time in the peaceful gardens of the Nan Tien Temple, the biggest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, you can sit down for a vegetarian meal or attend one of the venue’s shows and exhibits, health and wellness classes or seminars.

Wollongong for Families

If you’re looking to keep the kids occupied in Wollongong, there are plenty of activities to choose from. For starters, visit the Early Start Discover Space, a museum dedicated to early childhood learning. Hands-on exhibits introduce youngsters to important themes in science and art.

If your older children are fascinated by outer space, take them to the Science Centre and Planetarium. Laser tag, bowling and indoor rock climbing centres provide additional ways to keep the kids active. McCabe Park, in the city centre, has a playground, youth centre and skating rink.

Wollongong Shopping, Dining and Nightlife

There are close to 400 restaurants in Wollongong, serving every type of cuisine under the sun. 125 eateries are listed in the Australian Good Food Guide. In the evenings, make your way over to Wollongong’s harbour, which is lined by cafes, bars and restaurants catering to all budgets. Market Street is another restaurant hub, just a short distance from Wollongong Central.

Wollongong Central is the place to go for major high street and upscale brands. For more shops, venture over to Crown Street Mall and take your pick of local and international boutiques. The CBD is crawling with bars and clubs, mostly set around Burelli and Keira Streets, with some craft breweries and pubs on Crown Street.

Getting to Wollongong

Wollongong is an hour’s drive from Sydney. Direct trains also connect the New South Wales capital with its 3rd largest city. If you’re visiting Wollongong from further afield, you can fly in to Illawarra Regional Airport, just 18 km from the CBD.