Backpacking Wollongong

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    GOLDEN SANDY BEACHES RUN ALMOST THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE CITY: Photo - Adam Taylor, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    SEE SOME AMAZING VIEWS OF THE DRAMATIC COASTLINE FROM THE SEA CLIFF BRIDGE: Photo - Anson Smart, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    EXPLORE THE STUNNING NATURAL SCENERY OF THE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK: Photo - James Pipino, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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Wollongong Highlights

  • Plenty of beautiful white sandy beaches, ideal for surfing, swimming and chillin out in the sun.

  • The city is adjacent to the dramatic and spectacular Illawarra escarpment, stunning hinterland and various national parks, which are ideal for bushwalking (hiking) and adventure activities.

  • There are many pubs and nightclubs good for a fun night out and to see some live entertainment.

  • Visit the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.

  • Partake in some adrenaline or adventure activities such as scuba diving, para-gliding, hang-gliding or skydiving.

About Wollongong

Population 280,000

Wollongong is New South Wales' third largest city and is just over an hours drive south of Sydney. The city is a mix of great surf beaches, cosmopolitan lifestyle and industrialism (with Australia's largest steelworks).

Being a substantial sized city, it provides good shopping and a reasonable nightlife. There are many pubs and nightclubs with live entertainment, and the close proximity of The University of Wollongong often creates a student atmosphere in parts of the city.

The main city centre is quite small and easy to walk around, but the greater Wollongong city area sprawls many kilometres along the coast from Scarborough in the north to Shell Harbour in the south.

Wollongong is also a good base to explore the nearby dramatic and spectacular Illawarra escarpment, stunning hinterland and several national parks, which are all ideal for bushwalking (hiking) and various adventure activities.

Wollongong is worth spending a couple of day visiting, as it has many similar features and attractions to nearby Sydney, but in a more laid back lifestyle.

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Wollongong Visitor Information Centre

93 Crown Street
Wollongong, New South Wales
Phone 1800 240 737
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