Attractions

Top Choice Beach in Wollongong Region

North Beach

Stretching north from the harbour, North Beach has breaks suitable for all visitors and is conveniently close to the city centre. It's the main centre of Wollongong beach action. For the most challenging waves head …
Park in Wollongong Region

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Spectacular rainforest hugs the edge of the ever-eroding sandstone cliffs of the Illawarra escarpment that overlooks Wollongong and the coast north of it. It rises to 534m at Mt Kembla. For wonderful coastal views, …
Harbour in Wollongong Region

Belmore Basin

Wollongong’s fishing fleet is based at this harbour's southern end. The basin was cut from solid rock in 1868. There’s a fishing cooperative and the old Breakwater Lighthouse (built in 1872) on the point. Nearby, on…
Museum in Wollongong Region

Science Centre & Planetarium

Quizzical kids of all ages can indulge their senses here. The museum is operated by the University of Wollongong and covers everything from dinosaurs to electronics. Planetarium shows ($4.50, or $3 extra with an adm…
Buddhist Site in Wollongong Region

Nan Tien Buddhist Temple

South of the city, Nan Tien is the southern hemisphere's largest Buddhist temple, belonging to the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan order. It's quite a sight, with a respectably sized pagoda and on-site Buddhist school. Cont…
Beach in Wollongong Region

Wollongong City Beach

The southern of Wollongong's two city beaches is a lovely stretch of whiteish sand with good swimming and, depending on the wind, surfing. Looking north it's a romantic vista of headland and lighthouse, but turn aro…
Gardens in Wollongong Region

Wollongong Botanic Garden

Northwest of the centre, but easily accessed on the free 55 shuttle bus from the station, which has a stop here, this has habitats including tropical, temperate and woodland. It's a nice break from the beach and a t…
Zoo in Wollongong Region

Symbio Wildlife Gardens

A family-friendly stop on the way down to Wollongong in the car, this friendly privately owned zoo is 34km north of the city and has a range of Australian animals and foreign favourites like meerkats, lemurs and tig…
Gallery in Wollongong Region

Wollongong Art Gallery

This gallery has a sizeable and important collection of local artists as well as a broad spectrum of modern Australian, Indigenous and Asian art, which are mainly on rotating display in a series of diverse temporary…
Lighthouse in Wollongong Region

Breakwater Lighthouse

This heritage lighthouse on the harbour, built in 1871, has been superseded by the larger one nearby but is still an attractive sight.