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Sample Itinerary

It can be hard to know where to start...let us guide you
It can be difficult to determine where to start and what to include on your schedule when exploring a new destination. 

Or, there are those cases where you've visited a few times and can't shake the feeling you're missing out on something great.

Let us solve both of these conundrums with one great sample itinerary. This has been developed to give you the best overview of what Wollongong has to offer its visitors. Pick and choose, change the order or do it back the front. We don't mind because we'll know you'll love it whatever you choose!

Please note, the itinerary has been developed on the premise you're coming to us from the north. If you are coming from the South do the reverse.

Day one

Bald Hill70km/90mins: Depart Sydney for Wollongong. Turn off from the A1 Princess Highway and travel through the magnificent Royal National Park; the second oldest national park in the world. Or take the Helensburgh exit off the M1 Princess Motorway onto Lawrence Hargrave Drive.
Hint: Following the clearly marked directional signage at the entrance to Royal National Park and from the Helensburgh exit onto Lawrence Hargrave Drive. 

Stop off at Bald Hill Lookout and take in the magnificent view south to Wollongong and beyond. Try your hand at a tandem hang glide with Warren Windsports, Hangglide Oz or Sydney Hang Gliding Centre.

3km/3mins: Visit Symbio Wildlife Park and see native Australian and exotic animals up close.

Seacliff Bridge7km/8mins: Stop at the spectacular Sea Cliff Bridge and admire the sights over the South Pacific Ocean. Be adventurous and take in the Sea Cliff Bridge on a Harley Davidson with Just Cruisin’ Motorcycle Tours.

8.5km/11mins: Take a walk along Austinmer Beach and enjoy a coffee at one of the many coastal cafés or enjoy the boutique shopping at Austinmer and Thirroul.

16km/30mins: Arrive in Wollongong. Visit Wollongong’s spectacular harbour and Flagstaff Hill or enjoy a leisurely walk along The Blue Mile boardwalk (bike rental available from the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach). Take a dip at one of our many patrolled beaches. North Wollongong beach is patrolled 365 days a year.

Relax and unwind whilst being surrounded by natural beauty at Wollongong’s Botanic Garden, enjoy a bushwalk in the Illawarra Escarpment or play a round of golf at one of the region’s picturesque courses.

Bombora Seafood RestaurantEnjoy fresh local seafood at one of Wollongong's great restaurants along the foreshore or visit Wollongong’s “eat street” for a variety of cuisines.

Stay overnight in Wollongong. There is a variety of accommodation to suit all needs from international branded hotels and apartments, tourist parks to bed & breakfasts and backpackers.

Day two

Check-out of your accommodation and enjoy breakfast at a near-by café.

5km/10mins: Spend time at the Science Centre and Planetarium, offering 130 hands-on interactive exhibits.

Skydive the Beach and Beyond3km/5mins: For a real thrill experience the adrenaline of a tandem skydive with Skydive Australia at North Wollongong. 

Enjoy lunch at one of Wollongong’s great cafes or restaurants followed by a visit to The Illawarra Brewery for beer tasting.

9km/10mins: If you’re interested in culture or history, a visit to the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere, is a must! Don’t forget to visit the Wollongong Art Gallery, Illawarra Museum or The Australian Motorlife Museum.

85km/80mins: Depart Wollongong and return to Sydney. 

Nan Tien TempleOr if you wish to extend your trip along the unspoilt South Coast, depart Wollongong and continue along the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive.