There's plenty to see in and around Woolongong
Just one hours’ drive from Sydney, Wollongong is New South Wales’ third largest city and has had a rebirth in recent years as a weekend escape. Well known for water sports, there are the many surf beaches and also Lake Illawarra which offers fishing, sailing, water skiing and canoeing.
In the Wollongong area you can ride a bike around one of the purpose bike trails, enjoy a locally brewed beer at Wollongong’s Five Islands Brewery and visit the Nan Tien Temple which is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Animal lovers will enjoy the Symbio Wildlife Gardens with its collection of native animals plus meerkats and red pandas. Wollongong is also home to New South Wales’ only beach sky dive centre, and check out the Illawarra Light Railway Museum at Albion Park.