Wollongong is our best go-to place when we want to escape the city, yet not be too far away from civilisation! Wollongong has beaches, forests, temples, good food, colourful weekend markets, interesting shops selling homemade knickknacks, opportunities for skydiving and paragliding, breathtaking drives, unlimited spots to camp and so much more. It is pretty much the home-away-from-home for us. Here are few of our favourite 5 things to do in Wollongong:
TAKE THE GRAND PACIFIC DRIVE
Starting in the Royal National Park, just an hour south of Sydney’s CBD, the Grand Pacific Drive is a 140-kilometre scenic coastal drive taking you through rainforests, over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge and through the coastal cities and townships of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven. It is definitely a bucket list experience if you are in this part of the world!
ENJOY THE VIEW FROM THE BALD HEAD LOOKOUT
The view from the Bald Hill Lookout is breathtaking, to say the least! You will get to see the famous Sea Cliff Bridge running beside one of the most beautiful azure blue seas of Wollongong. Not only are the views excellent, the area is also internationally known as a major hang gliding point.
SUN-TAN AT ANY OF THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
Wollongong has a number of beautiful beaches where you could head to, for your dose of sunshine and swim. We particularly love going to Coledale Beach and Fairy Meadow beach. Windang Beach is excellent too if you want to enjoy the best in fishing, prawning, boating, sailing, windsurfing and surfing, or simply soak in the golden sunrises or moonlight caressed waters.
GET YOUR ADRENALINE RUNNING, SKYDIVE ON TO A BEACH
Experience 14,000 Feet Tandem Skydive Over this beautiful Beach in Wollongong. Did you know that this is Sydney’s only Beach Skydive destination?
VISIT THE CHINESE NAN TEIN TEMPLE
If you are in Wollongong, you must Visit Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Nan Tien not only has visual delights of grandeur architecture but also conducts a number of unique exhibitions and festivals, Buddhist festivals, vegetarian culinary delights, educational and healthy lifestyle classes and retreats, accommodation, top class conference and auditorium facilities.
HOW TO REACH
You can either drive to Wollongong from Sydney or take a 90 min train ride. Wollongong also has its own little airport, if you have some extra cash and want to travel in style to Sydney!
PLACES TO SEE AROUND WOLLONGONG
Wollongong and its surrounding areas have heaps of interesting places to see. We have probably seen only a few and hope to see much more in the years to come. Here are few of our favourite places around Wollongong:
- The Illawarra Fly
- Minnamurra Rainforest
- The Royal National Park
- Helensburgh Temple