Wollogong, sometimes known by the nickname "The Gong" (abbreviation of the full name of the city), the city has a rich industrial history.
You will find two regional cathedrals, and many places of worship for different religions, including the famous Nan Tien Buddhist temple, which is the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere; a must-see for anyone visiting Wollogong!
Many visitors turn to this city as a base to explore the region of New South Wales. The atmosphere is calm like a little village while keeping all the amenities needed for a big city which makes it a nice relaxing place to visit. Add to this a mix of beautiful coast, a variety of wildlife and a thick tropical forest and you have the makings of a perfect holiday.
Wollongong has 17 seasonal local monitored beaches. These beaches are the heart of the culture and lifestyle of Wollongong and are the pride of its residents. They are all easily accessible and attracts surfers of all levels trying to tame the waves.
If you are looking for the ultimate thrill then you could skydive from a plane and land on the beach while enjoying the view of Wollongong, Sydney to the north and the south coast stretching south.
The natural attractions of this city are not limited to its beaches, in fact, Illawarra and its rugged and picturesque landscape is an open door to the many national parks, mountains and hills where the rainforest and its wildlife will constantly dazzle you. For hiking lovers the Mounts Keira, Stanwell Tops and Point Sublime offer beautiful panoramic views.
If you prefer the comfort of the city you will find something to entertain you in Wollongong. The city has indeed a significant reputation for fine food and wine, and this is manifest in the many cafes and restaurants.
The cultural diversity has led to the availability of a range of dishes from around the world and the proximity to the ocean and farmland means that the products used are fresh. Stop for a meal at the Caveau for delectable food, extensive wine menu and impeccable service, this restaurant is a complete dining experience, truly unforgettable !
The nightlife in Wollongong has an intimacy that you will not find in the populated clubs and pubs in Sydney. The many venues and friendly people are sure to make you feel at home.
Try the Five Islands microbrewery, the first brewery to open in the region. The living room is gorgeous! Named after the five islands off the coast of Wollongong, the brewery has become a local icon here, and well worth a visit.
For lovers of art and culture, the city is home to the Wollongong City Gallery which has an extensive collection of art from the region as well as Aboriginal and Asian art collections.
When night falls in Wollongong head to the harbor and up the steps of the lighthouse for a magnificent view of the sunset over the ocean. With such a choice of exciting things to do and see, what are you waiting for?
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