Wollongong is a vibrant seaside port town that is nudged between Sydney, the Illawarra escarpment and the great blue Pacific Ocean. Wollongong is busy place and whilst heavy industry, port activity and commerce is the bedrock of the economy, the area is very scenic, has great holiday facilities and is an outdoor retreat for water sport and surfing enthusiasts. If you are looking for an exciting holiday destination perfect for the entire family - everyone from the adrenalin junkie to the sports mad to the seriously exhausted - there is something that everyone will enjoy.
Nature lovers will be enthralled with the chance to explore the Royal National Park, hike the trail around Mt Keira and make their way through eucalyptus plantations and rainforests. Kids will love the chance to fish, explore their surroundings in canoes, go sailing on Lake Illawarra, go water skiing or go bike riding along coastal boardwalks. The region has a fascinating history that buffs will thoroughly enjoy exploring and evidence of its colourful past can be seen everywhere.
The weather in Wollongong is just as fabulous as the surroundings and the summer months are great for enjoying the crisp cool waters of the lake and the sea. Although it can get really hot during the middle of summer from December through to February, luckily the "southerly buster" blows in during the evenings to cool off the heat from the day. But as it is a summer rainfall area, there are plenty of thundershowers and tropical storms to wash away the dust.
Beaches - Spoilt for choice, you'll just have to spend time at each one of the 17 beaches to find your favourite. All of them are patrolled in summer by the local surf clubs making them safe and fun for family days of sun, sea and sand. If you like to be active on the beach you can swim, surf, go skim boarding or try your hand at rock fishing. Scarborough is usually considered the best surfing beach so if you're not one of the boarding community you might wish to avoid this one at high season.
Symbio Wildlife Park has more than 1000 animals from the exotic to the cute and cuddly farm animals and offers a unique interactive wildlife experience for the entire family. Visitors of all ages will be delighted to hand feed koalas and kangaroos. Enjoy a picnic afterwards at the pool on in the shade on the lawn. Fantastic for an entire day's outing.
Sea Cliff Bridge is fast becoming an iconic Wollongong landmark. The incredible platform provides an unparalleled view from the top of the 665m high bridge that is located along the bends of Grand Pacific Drive. It's also the best place to check out the migrating whales as they make their way north or south during the migration seasons.
Jamberoo Action Park is a great place for family fun. Immerse yourself in a unique action water park like no other: 8 lanes of water slides, mini golf, toboggans, go karts, giant water slides, and picnic and BBQ facilities.
The Illawarra Treetop Walk is a one in a lifetime experience that takes you right through the forest canopy, getting views that normally only birds are privy to. This incredibly journey is suitable for every age group and the wide walk ways make it easy to navigate prams and wheelchairs. Enjoy refreshments at the cafe and info centre afterwards.
Bald Hill Lookout peers out over the spectacular Sea Cliff Bridge on the Grand Pacific Drive and is one of the most popular lookouts in all of Australia. Not only a gorgeous spot for that picture perfect photograph, but also a major international spot for hang gliders.
The Arts - Culture is alive and kicking in Wollongong with a city orchestra and a steel youth orchestra, a number of performing arts and theatre groups and an annual Eisteddfod.