from Tourism Wollongong
Welcome to Wollongong, gateway to the South Coast of NSW. Wollongong is a city of wonderful contrasts and is one of Australia's most liveable regional city. Located along Grand Pacific Drive Wollongong is only a short 1 hour drive south of Sydney.
Wollongong, Australia’s ninth largest city.
Wollongong is located 80 kilometres south of Sydney on a narrow coastal strip bordered by the Royal National Park to the north, Lake Illawarra to the south, the Tasman Sea to the east and the Illawarra Escarpment to the west. Wollongong enjoys a magnificent natural environment from rainforests to spectacular sea cliffs and unspoilt beaches.
If you are a visitor, you want to know that you have the most up todate information and where better to get it from than Wollongong's official tourism Website. Giving you everything you need to know about accommodation, restaurants, recreation activities and other features of our city. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy Wollongong’s great shopping facilities and the many recreational activities on offer, from our 17 patrolled beaches, parks and cycleways to cultural experiences such as the Nan Tien Temple and Wollongong Science Centre.
Grand Pacific Drive encompasses 140km of some of NSW most spectacular scenery and coastline. From the Royal National Park (world’s second oldest) to Wollongong and beyond, the route takes you through coastal rainforests, spectacular driving scenery, coastal villages, the bustling coastal city of Wollongong, and beautiful coastal towns of Shellharbour and Kiama. The drive ends in the spectacular Shoalhaven region and from here you can experience the Southern Highlands, greater South Coast and Canberra!
Once you get to Wollongong you won't know where to start with all the attractions available to you!
Whether you are here on a short break or an extended visit there certainly won't be a shortage of thing to do:
- The Royal National Park is the second oldest national park in the world, it begins and is apart of our scenic Grand Pacific Drive.
- After some high impact adventure and fun why not try hang gliding or sky diving with Skydive the Beach, perhaps even spend the day at Jamberoo Action Park NSW largest water theme park.
- Wollongong is gaining an international reputation for its excellence in the arts and cultural activities. Home to the biggest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, The Nan Tien Temple. This is a must see in the Illawarra. Along with other activities such as our Illawarra Museum, City Art Gallery or come in time for one of our many festivals.
- Bald Hill Lookout will give you outstanding views of the Illawarra and its escarpment, spend some time exploring the atmosphere before heading down the cliff hugging roads hanging above the ocean. See for yourself how the mountains meet the sea.
- The benefits of Wollongong's cultural mix are reflected in the excellent collection of restaurants and cafés, all offering a high standard of service and cuisine. First class seafood at Lagoon Seafood Restaurant or The BeachouseSeafood Restaurant. For specialty cafe's visit Diggies North Kiosk, Levendi or Austi Beach Cafe. Coming with the family? Dine at Bomborra Seafood, Oscars at Towradgi Beach Hotel, Hogs Breath Cafe or Outback Steakhouse.
- The Wollongong coastline offers 17 sparkling surf beaches that are patrolled by lifesavers from September to April. All beaches are in easy walking distance from shops, hotels and clubs. Enjoy over 60 kilometres of easy bicycle/walkway as you make your way from Bulli Beach in the north to Lake Illawarra in the south.