Wollongong may sound like a made up place, however, you can find this mouthful of a city on the stunning eastern coast of Australia. Bring your swimsuit, camera and credit card for some of the best attractions down under, including hang gliding and lush scenery. Wollongong, or “The Gong” is known for its beaches and relaxed atmosphere, but for also having benefits of a large city. Just one-hour south of Sydney, this is a must-stop on your Aussie adventure!
The fun never has to end in Wollongong with a thriving shopping district, known as the CBD, and an up and coming nightlife scene. This city is rich in history and also offers several museums, including the Illawarra Museum. Spend your days exploring the many natural wonders of Wollongong, including the Wollongong Botanical Gardens or a bike ride along the coast on the Wollongong to Thirroul Path. If you’re feeling really adventurous, book a once in a lifetime experience to hang glide along the coast of Australia. People come from around the country and globe to soar above Stanwell Park. Another good way to see the coast is to ride The Cockatoo Run train that goes from Sydney to Wollongong. Going past rainforests and waterfalls, fare for the train starts at $66 for adults and $193 for a family of four.
Of course, a perfect trip to make in a day from Wollongong is to Sydney, one of Australia’s better known cities. Using the public train system will get you to Sydney in about an hour and a half, leaving plenty of time to explore “The Harbour City.” Go beyond the famous Sydney Opera House and Great Barrier Reef and check out some of Sydney’s other great attractions, like the Royal Botanic Gardens. The capital city of Australia, Canberra, is a two-and-a-half-hour drive south and has even more attractions including the Australian Parliament House. The east coast of Australia is ideal for whale and other sea life watching. Take a drive about an hour south for whale watching in Jervis Bay and be sure to check out the Depot Beach Rainforest Walk while you’re there.
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Getting around New South Wales is a breeze with the public train system, the South Coast railway line. Tickets are fairly priced and can get you from Wollongong to Sydney, where the nearest airport is located. The Sydney Airport is supported by commuter trains that will get you to the South Coast railway line to Wollongong. Easy to explore by taxi, public transportation or bicycle, it’s not necessary to have a car in the city. If you would like to explore New South Wales independent of a tour, you may want to rent a car from the Sydney airport and drive the one hour to Wollongong.
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