Welcome to Wollongong

Countless generations of the Wodi Wodi, a sub-group of the Dharawal people, have inhabited the Illawarra region for some 40,000 years, leaving tangible traces such as shell middens. The town's mannered 19th-century history as a seaside resort, and today's surf-centred culture, dominate. But visitors can glimpse Wollongong's Aboriginal past and present at the botanic garden, the art gallery and windswept Bellambi Point.

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$219.90 Outdoor Activities

Wollongong Tandem Skydiving from Sydney

Make your way to the drop zone in Stuart Park, located just one hour south of Sydney CBD. Alternatively, get picked up at North Wollongong railway station or from selected locations around Sydney including Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, Kings Cross or the Wake Up! Sydney Hostel.Start with professional training from a qualified tandem master and learn what to expect on your skydive. After you suit up — the gear includes a harness and skydiving goggles — settle into the plane for a quick flight. Spectators can hang out in the viewing area to watch the skydivers, or even fly up with you for an additional fee (advise upon booking). When you reach maximum altitude, psych yourself up for a jump that has you free-falling for 60 seconds at insane speeds. When your tandem master pulls the parachute cord, you'll float under a colorful canopy for an additional 5- to 7-minute parachute ride to the ground. It's a good time to catch your breath and soak up the coastal views of Wollongong, the Southern Sydney beaches, Royal National Park and Illawarra. You’ll land next to one of the best surfing beaches in New South Wales. You'll be close to cafes, restaurants, cycling and walking paths, swimming pools, picnic and BBQ facilities, Wollongong Harbour and more if you want to hang out. Alternatively, take provided transportation back to the North Wollongong railway station or Sydney.Each sky diver receives a commemorative skydive certificate. You can also buy video and photo packages.

$614.85 Day Trips & Excursions

Private NSW South Coast Day Trip from Sydney

Departing from Sydney CBD at 7:45am, this tour first travels through the city's southern suburbs and then along a section of the renowned Grand Pacific Drive, one of Australia’s great coastal drives. Here, stop at a clifftop viewpoint (and popular parasailing and hang gliding launch point) for views of the coastline and the Illawarra Escarpment, which dominates the landscape of the region. Pass through typical Australian beach side communities, with time for you to dip your toes in the water or take a quick swim. Drive, or walk, along the Sea Cliff Bridge, a stretch of the coast road jutting out from the cliff-side and considered a marvel of modern engineering. Next, veer inland slightly and pass through an agricultural region – famed for its green rolling hills and dairy industry – on your way to Kiama, one of the South Coast’s most pleasant coastal towns. Stop at a headland to take in the town and coastline and view the famed Blowhole, where, when the conditions are right, the sea surges up through a gap in the dark volcanic rock. Stay in Kiama for lunch (at own expense). The town has a range of eateries to suit most tastes and budgets. You can also take a stroll along the main streets, which feature heritage buildings and craft shops. Leave Kiama and make your final stop in the town of Wollongong, the region’s commercial and industrial center. Although known for its steel industry, Wollongong draws visitors to its appealing waterfront precinct, the “Blue Mile”. Enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, at the headland cannon batteries reflect the importance of the town in years past, and the steel plant can be viewed sitting incongruously along the sandy coastline. Further along, the peaceful harbor – with its two lighthouses, tranquil beach and cafes – is a popular place for rest and relaxation. From here, make the return journey to Sydney, arriving back around 4:45pm.

$347.21 Tours & Sightseeing

Sydney Half-Day Photography Tour Including Royal National Park

New South Wales' Royal National Park offers tremendous opportunities for landscape and seascape photography, with its cliffs and sea views. The ancient coastline that was created by a string of volcanoes 240 million years ago provides a variety of shapes, colors, and textures amid its many panoramas. Your tour starts with pickup from the Sutherland Railway Station for the drive to Royal National Park, stopping for photo ops at Audley on the Hacking River. Keep your camera handy, as your photographer-guide picks out some of the best locations throughout the journey.Continue to the village of Bundeena on Port Hacking, a pristine area worth a few photographs, and then enter the park using the Coastal Track and walk half a mile (800 meters) to the sandstone cliffs for sunrise or early-morning-light photography. Move on to Wattamolla with its inlet and lagoon, and discover a waterfall, beaches, and lookouts. Then continue through the park and its rainforests to Otford and the start of the Coastal Track. View the park coastline—to the south you can see Kiama and the city of Wollongong with its picturesque harbor, beaches, and small fishing fleet. From Otford, you'll stop at Stanwell Park in the Northern Illawarra for refreshments (own expense). Stanwell Park is a surfing beach with a small kiosk surrounded by a picturesque village, where you can rest, stretch, and take a few shots.Next up is the unique Seacliff Bridge, which follows the cliff face over rock platforms often frequented by fisherman. Then visit Wombarra with its surfing beaches, rock platforms, and a cemetery on the coast, perfect for coastal photography. Your last destination for the day is Wollongong for photography, sightseeing, and refreshments at a cafe on the harbor (own expense). Your tour ends with return to the pickup point at Sutherland, or catch the train through the national park direct to Sydney, a lovely journey in itself.Wildlife note: At the right time of the year, you might see whales migrating north to mate off the Queensland coast. Pods of southern right and humpback whales can be seen frolicking close to shore during the months of May, June, and July, when they swim just off the beaches and cliffs of Royal National Park. With luck, you may also see the resident pair of white-bellied sea eagles hunting and diving to catch food.

$620.16 Day Trips & Excursions

Sydney to Kangaroo Valley and Wollongong Private Full-Day Trip

If you don't like large bus tours and want a personalised tour with your own private guide and enjoy the ride in a new top of the range SUV then this is the tour for you! Why not enjoy unlimited chilled refreshments throughout the day!Pick up from your hotel at approximately 7.30 am (flexible), enjoy the scenery of lush hills and rolling countryside on your way to Kangaroo Valley. Your day tour to Kangaroo Valley reveals the spectacular Fitzroy falls on your way. Reaching Kangaroo valley you can see the Hampden Bridge. It is not only a remarkable example of Victorian engineering, but is also a unique demonstration to create an architecturally romanticised structure in a beautiful remote rural location. The Pioneer Museum Park is the next highlight. Stop over for lunch at the Pie shop and you can enjoy a famous award winning pies. A little walk to town centre is something you shouldn’t avoid. Heading off from Kangaroo Valley to Wollongong and you will see the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Departing Wollongong at approximately 5 pm, you return to Sydney CBD at approximately 7.30 pm.

$282.11 Luxury & Special Occasions

Royal National Park Full Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Wedding Cake Rock, Royal National Park, New South WalesEnjoy a walk through the wonderful Royal National Park heathland and experience its rugged beauty. Arrive at Wedding Cake Rock and take in the stunning view - majestic white sandstone against a blue Pacific Ocean,Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Wattamolla Beach, Wollongong, New South WalesShort walk to the serene lagoon, whilst enjoying the natural beauty of the waterfallDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Garie Beach, Royal National Park, New South WalesPicnic lunch at the beach followed by a short walk along the beach to the tessellated pavement. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bald Hill Lookout, New South WalesBald Hill provides sweeping views of the southern coastline. We may see the spectacular take offs and landings of hang gliders.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Sea Cliff Bridge, Coalcliff, New South WalesAn impressively engineered cantilevered bridge with many bends and curves that follows the coastline, with a serious drop to the ocean below. Duration: 30 minutes

$289.34 Outdoor Activities

Private Shoalhaven Zoo Experience from Sydney

Departing Sydney, head south to Wollongong following the coast to Kiama where you will stop off at the iconic blow hole. This is a naturally formed hole in the rocks, and when the swell is up it is quite a sight to see. Continue heading south and any wine lovers have the opportunity to drop into the Coolangatta Vineyard for some wine tasting. Then, follow the Shoalhaven River to the Shoalhaven Zoo where you are treated to a behind the scenes experience with one of the keepers as well as coming face to face with baby crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos, lizards and if you are game snakes. The Zoo holds the worlds most venomous snake, the Inland Taipan or Fierce snake (behind glass of course). In the grounds of the Zoo but run independently is the Tree Tops Adventures. The Tree Tops Adventures is a series of ropes, ladders, flying foxes, and obstacles to traverse all in the tree tops. There are courses designed for kids through to adults. If this is up your alley please contact your local tour operator to book directly as this is an extra cost and needs to be booked a couple of months in advance to ensure available positions. Lunch is available from the onsite cafe and is very well priced. After Lunch head off to the small town of Berry where you will walk through quaint shops ranging from cafe`s to antiques or stop in at the pub for a refreshment. From here, turn inland and make your way to Kangaroo Valley to fill up on locally made chocolate and fudge. Stop off at Fitzroy Falls and if you're lucky you may just catch a glimpse of a Platypus. Depending on how time is going you may even head for home via the Historic town of Berrima or Mittagong arriving back at your CBD hotel at approximately 5pm.