Top things to do

Top Choice Japanese in Wollongong Region

Babyface

Buzzy and loud, this relative Wollongong newcomer combines Japanese ideas with some wild Australian herbs and berries to create a satisfying blend of flavours. Salmon and kingfish are the backbones of the menu, whic…
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 …
Top Choice Bar in Wollongong Region

His Boy Elroy

Recently re-opened in new premises, this excellent bar is now more burgers, cocktails and spirits than the cafe it began as. Offering outdoor seating, a revamped cocktail list and a great selection of interesting wh…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Wollongong Region

Caveau

This lauded restaurant serves gourmet treats such as kingfish tartare and poached scampi. The menu changes seasonally and there's a three-course menu ($85) available from Tuesday to Thursday. There's a separate degu…
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, …
Bar in Wollongong Region

Humber

This relative newcomer occupies an unusually shaped building, once the Humber car dealership. Downstairs does coffees and lunches in the morning, then the place morphs into a stylish cocktail bar in the evening. The…
Italian in Wollongong Region

Lorenzo's Diner

Seriously nice people run this upmarket modern Italian restaurant. It's low-lit and attractive, with exuberant colour splashes on the wall, small tables and wooden chairs. The food matches the excellent service and …
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…