Top 10 Best Things to Do in Wollongong, Australia

What are the top tourist spots in Wollongong?

Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse by Eduardo Filgueras via Unsplash

Wollongong Bucket List: 10 Best Places to Visit in Wollongong (Australia)

The captivating city of Wollongong attracts tourists who are into surfing and beach bumming. Although it was less popular than other summery cities of Australia, it is a hidden gem worth visiting. But if you are not into water activities, there are other best things to do in Wollongong (Australia), from wildlife encounters to simply appreciating nature.

Here are the 10 best things to do in Wollongong (Australia) to add up to your list.

Sea Cliff Bridge

Wollonggong Sea Cliff Bridge by Silas Baisch via Unsplash
Wollonggong Sea Cliff Bridge by Silas Baisch via Unsplash

An excellent place to start exploring the beauty of Wollongong is to head to one of the major tourist spots, the Sea Cliff Bridge. The view at the bridge is breathtaking with its snake-like road, accompanied by the sandstone cliff and vast waters of the Pacific. You can enjoy a drive or walk at the bridge traffic lanes to capture the scenic view.

Jamberoo Action Park

Jamberoo Action Park photo via FB Page
Jamberoo Action Park photo via FB Page

If a fun-filled experience is what you are looking for, the Jamberoo Action Park got it for you. The facility is a large themed water park perfect for a holiday vacation with family and friends. Offering action pack activities, the Jamberoo Action Park features several rides such as Velocity Falls, The Perfect Storm, Funnel Web, and Banjo’s Billabong.

Wollongong Botanic Garden

Photograph of the Kawasaki bridge in the Wollongong Botanical Gardens by Lilcrabbygal via Wikipedia CC
Photograph of the Kawasaki bridge in the Wollongong Botanical Gardens By Lilcrabbygal at the English-language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18014675 CC

A great place to just relax and have a picnic is at the Wollongong Botanic Garden. Located at the foot of Mount Keira in New South Wales, the garden was founded in 1964. The garden features themed areas such as a rose garden, azalea bank, Illawara rainforest, and a kid’s playground.

Nan Tien Temple

Nan Tien Temple by Adam JWC via Wikipedia CC
Nan Tien Temple By Adam.J.W.C. – Own work, CC BY 3.0, CC

Founded by Master Hsing Yun of Fo Guang Shan Buddhism, the Nan Tien Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Berkeley. It is a great place to explore and experience Buddhist culture and religion, featuring a peaceful yet scenic place to worship with its strikingly designed architecture.

Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse

Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse by Eduardo Filgueras via Unsplash
Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse by Eduardo Filgueras via Unsplash

A lovely place perfect for taking photos and watching the surrounding areas of the harbor, the Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse is the town’s historic lighthouse. Built in 1871, the lighthouse marks Wollongong’s true heritage and the first prefabricated steel lighthouse in Australia.

Symbio Wildlife Park

Panthera tigris in captivity at Symbio Wildlife Par
Panthera tigris in captivity at Symbio Wildlife Par

If you are visiting Wollongong with kids, take them to the Smybio Wildlife Park. Founded in 1975, the Symbio Wildlife Park is a 6.5-hectare zoo featuring wildlife animal encounters, a splash park, and an adventure playground. Their residents include Koala, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Meerkat, Red Panda, and Ring-Tailed Lemurs.

Illawarra Escarpment

Illawarra Escarpment above Austinmer, showing Hawkesbury sandstone, Rainforest and Eucalyptus forest. by Poyt448 via Wikipedia CC
Illawarra Escarpment above Austinmer, showing Hawkesbury sandstone, Rainforest and Eucalyptus forest. by Poyt448 via Wikipedia CC

For nature tripping and thrilling adventure, visit the Illawarra Escarpment. Officially named the Illawarra Range, the conservation area is a 30 million-year natural formation featuring picturesque viewpoints. Visitors in the park can do hiking, walking, bird watching, and picnic at designated spots.

Wollongong Art Gallery

Wollongong Art Gallery by Nick-D via Wikipedia CC
Wollongong Art Gallery By Nick-D – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

A must-visit for art enthusiasts visiting Wollongong, the Wollongong Art Gallery is a local museum with local artworks. The regional gallery features creative exhibits from famous Australian contemporary artists, an impressive collection of significant historical paintings, local life and scenery, and community art.

Science Space

Science Space Wollongong photo via FB Page
Science Space Wollongong photo via FB Page

Science Space is a great place for kids and adults to have fun, offering an informative and interactive exhibit. It boasts Australia’s most digitally advance Planetarium and features over 90 interactive exhibits. Visitors can also experience experiments that are written in science books.

Wollongong Beaches

Wollongong North Beach, New South Wales, Australia by Caitlyn Phanith via Unsplash
Wollongong North Beach, New South Wales, Australia by Caitlyn Phanith via Unsplash

For water sports activities and beach bumming, the beauty of Wollongong beaches will surely mesmerize you. Get your surfboards and sunscreen, and visit the town’s most popular beaches, the Wollongong City Beach and North Wollongong Beach.

Our Top Hotel Picks for Wollongong

  • Novotel Wollongong Northbeach – A laid-back hotel that offers a fantastic overlooking of the Tasman Sea. It is just a 3-minute walk from Wollongong North Beach and 3 km from the Wollongong Botanic Garden. Amenities include a restaurant with a terrace and sea views and 2 bars (1 in the lobby).
  • Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong – An 11-minute walk from Wollongong Beach, this relaxed apartment hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the WIN Entertainment Centre and a 15-minute walk from Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse.
  • Wollongong Serviced ApartmentsSet in a residential area, this casual apartment hotel is a 9-minute walk from the WIN Entertainment Centre, a 15-minute walk from Wollongong North Beach, and a kilometer from Wollongong train station.

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