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Wollongong, NSW

The coastal city of Wollongong is situated south of Sydney along the Grand Pacific drive and is known for it’s numerous tourist attractions, rock pools, and surfing beaches. The main city and the center of urban activities are in the middle of the region. See some of the highlights of the area in the short video below (duration: around 4 minutes).

Known For:

  • Great local beaches
  • Stunning mountain and beach views
  • Relaxed laid back city

A part of New South Wales, the coastal strip of Wollongong is full of natural scenery, hotspots, and destinations (including rainforests) that are appreciated by the many tourists who visit each year. The city of Wollongong NSW has art galleries, museums, botanical gardens, and other attractions on display. The weather is pleasing at any time of the year here.

The name Wollongong is derived from the aboriginal term “woolyungah” meaning “5 islands”. The region has a distinct natural and geographical identity. The Tasman Sea lies on the eastern side of Wollongong and the Illawarra Escarpment is on its west. Mountains including Mount Kembla, Keira, and Murray among others make part of this escarpment.


The thriving city and region of Wollongong NSW have numerous natural as well as artificial tourist attractions. There is a total of 17 beaches in the region that may offer activities including swimming, rock fishing, surfing, and skim boarding, among others. The region is only an hour’s drive away from Sydney. Below are some of the important natural and man-made tourist attractions of Wollongong.

Grand Pacific Drive

The Grand Pacific drive is one of the most beautiful road trips in Australia. It starts at the Royal National Park and ends at Kiama.

Grand Pacific Drive

It also passes through the main urban center and the city of Wollongong, NSW. Most memorable destinations, including the Stanwell Tops and the Sea Cliff Bridge, make up part of this route and driveway. You can also bathe in the blue azure waters of the beaches, taste exotic wine, and explore the wildlife of the rainforests during your drive and tour.

Things To Do

The Wattamolla is one of the most beautiful natural beaches in the region. Apart from bathing in the crystal clear sea waters, you can also do other activities here including snorkeling, hiking, and paddling. There is an exotic and beautiful waterfall nearby as well.


You can enjoy and view the natural beauty if you visit the beach at the right time and the season. However, the place may be very crowded on weekends. Visit the Wattamolla beach during the week to avoid crowds and rush.

Wollongong Beach is located close to the city of Wollongong, and you can visit if you are there. It can offer you all kinds of activities and the absolute best of facilities, as it is located close to the city center.

The beachfront has numerous cafes, shops, and restaurants that can offer you delicious food and a diverse range of recipes. You can also buy some exotic and beautiful souvenirs here.

While the other beaches of the region are seasonally patrolled, Wollongong Beach is patrolled throughout the year. Therefore, it can be safer. Further south is Hyams Beach, known as the beach with the whitest sand in Australia.

Wollongong Beach

Macquarie Pass National Park

The Macquarie Pass National Park is a 2-hour drive away from Sydney and only 40 minutes from the city center of Wollongong NSW. The beautiful rainforest has many unique species of fauna and flora. You will also find breathtaking waterfalls and cascades here.

Clover Hill Trail waterfall in Macquarie Pass National Park

Clover Falls (pictured above) is the most famous waterfall in the region. The different waterfalls have different hiking trails as well that have beautiful panoramic views of nature. It is a place where you can also witness rare species such as wombats, koalas, and possums.

The Wollongong Art Gallery is an interesting museum with a diverse range of paintings and other kinds of arts that are created with interest and skill by the local artisans. Their art may also depict the local wildlife region and culture in subtle ways. You can reach the gallery easily as it is located right in the center of the urban city of Wollongong.

Nan Tien Temple

The Nan Tien Temple (pictured above) is the largest Vietnamese Buddhist temple. It has a wide range of activities for tourists including culinary festivals, exhibitions, as well as meditation, and spiritual sessions. You can make a stay here as well if you want to have a retreat and want to break free from stress. There is a lotus pond and some beautiful gardens to attract you. The vicinity offers memorable views of the Illawarra Escarpment.

There are many other natural and manmade destinations of Wollongong that you can see and enjoy in your holidays. These include the Bald Hill Looktop, Austinmer Beach, Minnamurra Rainforest, and the Kiama Blowhole. Also visit the beautiful and exciting man-made attractions of Wollongong including the harbors, lighthouses, the Jamberoo Park, Botanic Garden, and the Helensburgh Tunnel when you visit Wollongong.

Wollongong has wildlife and natural parks, beaches, art galleries, and everything else that a tourist may ask for. While there are a plethora of accommodation and stay options throughout the driveways and the region, you do need reliable transportation for exploring the region fully.

Where to stay?


  • Active
  • City
  • Mountain
  • Relaxation
  • Self-Drive

Popular Activities

  • Mountain Biking
  • Bush Walking
  • Cycling
  • Driving
  • Golfing
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Nightlife
  • Wildlife
  • Beach
  • Surfing
  • Caravan and Camping

About Wollongong

  • Locality: Major urban locality
  • Wollongong Postcode: 2500
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: South Coast
  • Latitude: -34.42588
  • Longitude: 150.89982
  • Elevation: 10m
  • Population: 18442
  • Median Income: $29796
  • Area (Sq/km): 5.81
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

Tours In Wollongong

Discover some of the tours options around Wollongong

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


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Glasshouse Mountains