It’s no secret that the trip to Australia is a lengthy one for most of us in the U.S.A. For that reason, you’ll want to be sure you’re going somewhere memorable. Rest assured: Wollongong is that place.
Why? Here are 7 things that make the city of Wollongong, Australia worth the flight.
1. Breathtaking Coastal Views
Located in the Illawarra region of New South Whales, Australia, Wollongong is known as the city where the mountains meet the sea. Its coastline welcomes magnificent lookouts nestled amongst the Illawarra Escarpment, where you can breathe in the view from multiple vantage points.
2. Royal National Park
Wollongong is home to the second oldest national park in the world, Royal National Park.
Tourists from across the globe visit Royal National Park for a glimpse of Australian wildlife (such as sugar gliders and wallabies) and to hike, swim, or row along the water. The open ocean, sandstone cliffs and wetlands meet grassy woodland, rainforests and eucalypt forests here – making it a one of a kind spectacle worth putting a trip to Wollongong on your bucket list.
3. Day Trip to Sydney
Only about an hour and a half drive from Wollongong, Sydney is one of Australia’s biggest cities. In one afternoon you can get to Sydney and back with time to spare to check out some of the city’s world-famous landmarks, such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
4. Bushwalking Trails
Bushwalking (the Australian word for hiking) is a common activity in Wollongong. The escarpment that wraps around Wollongong offers many different forest types — including sub-tropical rainforests — perfect for beginners and avid hikers alike.
5. Outstanding Beaches (for Surfers and Sun Bathers Alike)
With over 17 beaches nestled between the escarpment and the sea, Wollongong has some of the best beaches that nature has to offer. If you’re an avid surfer or want to learn how, the beaches have great waves for all surf levels and are patrolled from September to April.
6. Picturesque Bike Trails
Cycling is at the heart of Wollongong culture. There are tons of pickup points along the beaches, and local rental spots to suit tourists who are unable to bring bikes with them. The trails also vary in difficulty to suit every fitness level.
7. Grand Pacific Drive
This famous 87-mile drive goes through rainforests and various cities along the Pacific coast. Wollongong is considered a “hub” along this drive. Even if you don’t have a car to drive yourself, there are plenty of guided day trip tours so you can experience the many checkpoints and breathtaking views that this one of a kind ride offers.
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