Cruise the Grand Pacific Drive to Wollongong and discover a coastal city ideal for day trips and weekend escapes from Sydney. NSW’s third largest city previously known more for its industry and port offers visitors plenty of things to see and do including bushwalking trails, beaches, markets and more. Here’s our guide to the 11 best things to do in Wollongong.
Drive 25km south of Wollongong and you’ll hit Shellharbour. Stretching from Killalea Reserve to Illawarra and up into Macquarie Pass, you’ll find some of the best natural attractions on the south coast. Surf the best breaks at The Farm, also known as Killalea Beach National Surfing Reserve. Head to Macquarie Pass National Park and take the Cascades Walk or Clover Hill Trail through lush rainforest and towering eucalypts, and Bass Point Reserve is the best spot for snorkelling and diving in the region. For three of the best accommodation options in the area, check out Starfish Beach House in the centre of town, go camping at Reflections Killalea Reserve, or take in the views of Calderwood Valley from Escape 778.
South of Wollongong you’ll find the charming town of Kiama with its world-famous Kiama Blowhole and Little Blowhole. The main street is filled with cafes and shops to browse and weekly farmers markets line the foreshore for locals and visitors to source the best local produce and artisan products.
Follow the coastline south to the Shoalhaven region including sublime coastal towns and hinterland villages. Enjoy magnificent beach destinations such as Mollymook, Jervis Bay and Hyams Beach or base yourself in popular country towns such as Kangaroo Valley, Berry and Milton. Beachside haven Mollymook is a popular coastal resort town within easy reach of Canberra and Sydney. You’ll also find a covetable food and wine scene all along the coast, starting with the famous Berry Donut Van, then a tasting at Mountain Ridge Wines, before dining at Milton’s hatted restaurant St Isidore.
Bateman’s Bay is a charming coastal town in the Eurobodalla region on the NSW South Coast. Bateman’s Bay is at the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast. The town unfolds along the banks of the Clyde River, where you can taste succulent Clyde River oysters from the farm gates and fresh local seafood at a selection of restaurants. Relax by the beach or enjoy water sports including swimming, surfing, kayaking and fishing in Bateman’s Bay.