From pristine beaches with 48km of coastline, coastal rock pools, incredible walks, lookouts and an abundance of outdoor adventure activities, there really is something for everyone.
9 stunning coastal rock pools
Wollongong is home to some of the most incredible rock pools in the country. Coastal rock pool are an ocean pool that is built into the ocean or that has been carved into the rock. They are the perfect place, especially for kids, to enjoy the ocean whilst being protected from waves or strong currents. Enjoy a quick dip, swim some laps or lay by the dazzling ocean rook pools. Find the full list of ocean rock pools here.
Top coastal rock pools:
Coalcliff: You can’t miss this unique ocean pool, nestled safely in the rock platform. The views of the escarpment, coastline and horizon are hard to beat. Located on Paterson Rd, with a small kids pool attached and shower/toilet facilities.
Austinmer: A favourite for the locals and visitors, Austinmer has 2 huge pools side by side that are perfect for laps and swim for the whole family. Located right on Austinmer beach next to the Surf Life Saving Club.
Bulli: Located on the north end of the Bulli Beach, close to the popular Bulli Beach Cafe makes it a perfect place to the start the day.
Towradgi: A gorgeous pool at the end of Towradgi Rd with plenty of close by parking, a playground and areas to sit. It gets a lot of waves crashing into the pool when the swell is a bit bigger, be aware when you are visiting.
17 spectacular patrolled beaches
There is no better place to beach hop along an extraordinary coastline dotted with beautiful beaches and a backdrop of lush escarpment. Wollongong’s beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, picnicking, dog-walking and exploring.
Stanwell Park beach is the furthest north with amazing views of Bald Hill, follow the Grand Pacific Drive past Coalcliff beach. Keep driving to Wombarra through to Coledale where you can pitch your tent for the night at the waterfront campground. Austinmer beach is next, it is a crowd favourite with stunning ocean pools to keep the whole family entertained.
Wax up your board to have a surf at Thirroul, Bulli or Sandon Point, or watch the locals from the sand. Just a little further you will reach the popular North Wollongong and Wollongong City Beach with picnic areas and plenty of local eats nearby.
See the full list of patrolled beaches.
22 epic bush and coastal walks
Whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll by the coast, exploring nature or you are an experienced hiker you won’t be disappointed. With over 22 epic bush walks and coastal walks, you will find views of the magnificent escarpment, ocean, bushland, creeks and waterfalls. Find our full list of walks here.
Grand Pacific Walk
A stunning coastal walk that follows the Grand Pacific Drive, you will see the natural beauty of Wollongong with escarpment views, endless ocean and native bushland. Swimming spots, public amenities, parks, cafes and pubs are found all along the walk making it the perfect day trip.
A challenging walk that takes you up the escarpment through dense rainforest and at the top you will be rewarded with incredible views. This walk isn’t for the faint hearted with steep stairs and ladders to get you to the top. Starting points include the top of Bulli at Sublime Point lookout or at Austinmer.
Mt Kembla Summit Track
One of the highest and most iconic points on the Illawarra escarpment, a steady climb through forest and you will reach wonderful views of Southern Wollongong.
1 and only beach skydive in Greater Sydney
The ultimate adrenaline rush for those who love thrilling adventures, you will also be rewarded with unforgettable views of Wollongong and its surrounds. Fly to 15,000ft where you will be then jump from the plane around Wollongong’s North beach – an experience you will never forget. See what offers Skydive Wollongong have.
Don’t miss these outdoor activities:
- Try hang gliding or paragliding, take off from the iconic Bald Hill and soar over the coastline landing at Stanwell Park beach.
- Enjoy the view from one of the many lookouts including Bald Hill, Southern Gateway Centre, Sublime Point, Mt Keira, Mt Kembla – if you visit in the right season keep an eye out for whales.
- Take your kayak or paddle board to one of the many beaches or to Lake Illawarra.