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RING THE GONG

Cruise to Wollongong (Port Kembla), Australia

Wollongong — colloquially known as "The Gong" — is where you go in Australia to see the beach and the bush. Cruise to Wollongong and get to know this seaside metropolis and the surrounding area by driving out on the Sea Cliff Bridge, a grandiose stretch of highway that will take you past rainforests and sweeping ocean views to Royal National Park. There, you can do some bushwalking along the Forest Path or go surfing at Garie Beach. Or stay more central and explore Wollongong by foot, train or taxi. Get your culture on at Wollongong Art Gallery and the Illawarra Arts Centre, or head to Wollongong Harbour, where you can dine on prawns at the seafront or stroll along Northbeach Pavilion.
National Language English
Currency Accepted Australian Dollar (AUD)

Things To Do in Wollongong (Port Kembla)

Wollongong beach in Australia

Pool of Rock

Wollongong beach in Australia

Wollongong beach in Australia

Pool of Rock

Which beach will you choose in Wollongong? Some of the most popular include Austinmer Beach and its two large rock pools. North Wollongong Beach has something for everyone, including rock pools and optimal surf conditions. Then there's Corrimal Beach, with its small lagoon for children and grassed area.

A yellow parasail in Australia

Treetop Thrills

A yellow parasail in Australia

A yellow parasail in Australia

Treetop Thrills

Besides surfing, there are several other adventure activities to enjoy in Wollongong. Head west to Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, Australia's highest zipline tour. For the adrenaline junkies, choose between skydiving directly over North Wollongong Beach, or hand-glide from Bald Hill in Stanwell Park.

Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong, Australia
Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong, Australia

Temple Time

Nan Tien Temple is the Southern Hemisphere's largest Buddhist temple. Chinese for "Southern Paradise," this award-winning temple is an important cultural center, with multiple shrines, buildings and a museum. There are regular exhibitions, meditation classes, festivals and retreats held at Nan Tien Temple, which is also an architectural delight.

Squid rings in chili sauce served in a white bowl
Squid rings in chili sauce served in a white bowl

Local Cuisine

Wollongong's fine dining revolves around seafood and local game: Try fresh-caught prawns, wild boar belly, squid with salt and chili or kangaroo tartare. Cruise to Wollongong and visit a harborside restaurant for Sydney rock oysters and local lobsters steamed fresh. For breakfast, head to North Beach mainstay Diggie's for muesli with mint and watermelon or buttermilk pancakes.

Koala stuffed toy at a souvenir shop in Australia
Koala stuffed toy at a souvenir shop in Australia

Shopping

For a beach and bohemian-inspired home ware or jewelry piece to remember your visit, head to Rococo Wollongong. It stocks chokers, bracelets, macrame wall art and decor made from driftwood. The Gallery Gift Shop at the Wollongong Art Gallery also has different souvenirs, such as posters, books, art journals and postcards.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 The train trip between Sydney and Wollongong takes less than two hours.
2 The Opal public transport card works in both Sydney and Wollongong.
3 Remember to always safely swim between the flags at Australian beaches.

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