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Looking to visit Wollongong this winter and July school holidays? Find the best cosy stays, heart-warming dining options and fun activities to do. Plus find a few winter accommodation deals.

Winter Dining & Drinks

Kneading Ruby

Experience culinary perfection, where exceptional flavors and warm hospitality intertwine. Indulge in their tantalizing menu, with expertly crafted dishes, stylish decor, and a vibrant atmosphere. From wood-fired pizzas, handmade pasta and delicious cocktails.

North Bar

Northbar Novotel

Prepare to satisfy your sweet tooth at, where dessert dreams come true. Known for serving the best desserts in town, North Bar tantalizes your taste buds with indulgent treats and beautiful cocktails. 

Situated on rehabilitated a 300m2 patch of derelict land and created an urban farm situated in Wollongong’s CBD. Along side Smith Street Cafe, there will be great coffee, fresh food using produce straight from the farm, and their very own distilled drinks.

Indian inspired Cocktail Bar and Indian Tapas with a long list of cocktails which includes Signature Cocktails. Their tapas menu brings some traditional Indian street food and dishes from different regions that are design to be mixed and matched as well as easy to share.

Located on Keira Street in Wollongong Central, His Boy Elroy is Wollongong’s original king of burgers, specialising in American-style burgers, fried chicken and loaded fries. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner enjoy a selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails.

Mount Kembla Village Hotel

With mountain views and a unique ambience, MKVH offers excellent service and delicious meals. Enjoy our wood-fired pizzas and great value weekly specials. Their new cafe is the perfect spot for a warming coffee and delicious pastry in front of the fire.

Drawing inspiration from the art deco designs of the 1920s, the Iron Yampi is Port Kembla’s neighbourhood bar. Family-friendly (including pets), it is the go-to spot with a menu full of elevated pub classics, beers, wine & cocktails.

Find stunning views over City Beach and Wollongong lighthouse. With a delicious menu crafted by the street food scene around the world. This winter there will be live music on Tuesdays & Thursdays, weekly speacials and a new a la carte menu.

Seaside Shahi is nestled right on the shores of Wollongong Beach, offering you a dining experience like no other. Taste authentic Indian cuisine with flavour packed entrees and mains, sweet desserts and tasty cocktails. There are also plenty of vegetarian options available.

Just 30 minutes north of Wollongong, Tradies Helensburgh is a destination the whole family will love. Take in the view of the Royal National Park with a coffee and cake from the Café, relax while the kids play on the shaded outdoor play equipment.

Cosy Stays

Located on the headlands at Austinmer, surrounded by beautiful beaches and parkland with luxury apartments of all sizes. Make the most of the Winter Escape Package at Headlands Austinmer Beach, with breakfast and coffee included with your booking at their delicious bistro, which also serves lunch, dinner and drinks.

We are a country resort located in the beautiful hills of Jamberoo, just 90 minutes south of Sydney, 30  minutes from Wollongong and 10 minutes inland from Kiama. We have 39 hotel rooms, Riverfront wedding venue, restaurant, day spa, pool, tennis court, games room and so much more to discover.

Nestled just 100m from Wollongong Beach, this luxurious 4-star hotel located on the foreshore in the city centre, adjacent to WIN Entertainment Centre, with convenient access to vibrant restaurants, boutique cafes and the widely popular Crowne St Mall. Take a winter break and save 25% off your next stay for a limited time, when you book direct by 31 July.

Nightcap at The Charles Hotel, Fairy Meadow

The Charles Hotel has a recently renovated Sports Bar, sunny Beer Garden and comfy rooms. Located in Fairy Meadow with plenty of bustling restaurants and cafes, close to the University of Wollongong, Botanic Gardens, and Crown Street Mall. Enjoy 20% off^ your stay with the code WINTER20 to unlock your discount.

What's On these Winter School Holidays

Wollongong Art Gallery have a range of workshops where children learn and experiment with various art styles & techniques. Ages 5-14 years, check out their website or social media to book in to a class.

Get outdoors these holidays, embark on a thrilling day at Treetops Adventure Nowra in Shoalhaven Zoo! This adventure park offers ziplining, rock scrambling, and climbing. Book via their website.

Get to Australia’s first dedicated hands-on children’s museum at UOW. Find a number of fun activities during the holidays including art experiences, scavenger hunts, storytime, pop-up play and more. 

Get ready to have the best day out checking out all the cute and friendly animals at Symbio. Meet their newest arrivals the baby monkeys and koalas. Or, be apart of the Junior Keeper Camp Program running for the holidays only (limited spots available).

Don’t miss a Steam Train Ride these holidays on Tuesday July 9th, Sunday 14 July & Tuesday 16 July from 10am to 2pm. There will be food Sales, play grounds, time to explore the Museum and more. Book ahead and book via their website, or purchase your ticket on arrival.

Check out their winter holiday program for an action-packed program from planetarium shows, interactive science theatre, workshops and much more. Book in now via their website.

Head to TBH and let the kids join in on the FREE school holiday activities with face painting, temporary tattoos & a playground. Plus a range of delicious meals and drinks for the whole family.

Immerse the kids in nature and visit Illawarra Fly’s new and improved Enchanted Forest. With the amazing Treetop walk, zipline tours, archery and after dark zipline tours (limited availability). Book online and save.

If your little ones enjoy the thrill of climbing, then your go to place is Hangdog. There is also a special 3-hour workshop introducing kids to rockclimbing technique and skills over the holidays, plus a mates pass where you can get your friends and save on the costs!

Looking for an exciting and creative way to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Join in for The Frat’s Paint & Shake event, Disco Dates, Kid’s Bingo and more games. Plus, enjoy their delicious food, with mid-week specials including kids eat free! Check out their website for more info.

Fun Indoor Activities

It may be cold outside but their is still plenty of fun indoor activities to keep you entertained:

  1. The Australian Motorlife Museum showcases a range of vehicles from the 1880s, a fun day out with the whole family. 
  2. Catch a show from comedy, dance to musicals at one of the venues of the Merrigong Theatre Company.
  3. Breakout Bar located in the heart of Wollongong, a unique cocktail bar with escape rooms, karaoke and cocktail masterclasses.
  4. Find amazing displays, hidden treasures, an extensive collection of 19th century artifacts and more at the Illawarra Museum.
  5. C1 Speed Electric Indoor Karting & Laser Tag is fun for the whole family. With electric indoor karts, mini tracks, multi-level laser tag and in-house cafe.
  6. Smash Factor Indoor Golf is Wollongong’s only indoor golf centre, featuring 6 huge hitting bays, 800 courses, full suite of clubs, ball data and a premium bar.
Don’t forget to check out more food & drink recommendations in Wollongong.
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