Wollongong is located 80km south of Sydney
along the Grand Pacific Drive, which follows the coast from Royal National Park
through to Shoalhaven. The beachside city is bordered by the Illawarra Escarpment and is central to the magnificent Grand Pacific coastline surrounding it.
Just north of the city centre is the Harbour on Cliff Rd. Enjoy scenic views overlooking the breakwater, marina and across to Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse. The harbour beaches are very calm and a seaside bathing pool is located here. On the southern side of the harbour is the Fishermans Co-Op where fresh seafood can be purchased.
The prominent Flagstaff Hill
on Endeavour Drive hosts the Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse and historic military cannons. In previous years the headland has been utilized as military barracks and then a shipping signal site until the lighthouse was built. Flagstaff Hill offers city and coastal views to the north and City Beach to the south.
on Marine Drive is flanked by Flagstaff Hill and is a long stretch of beach patrolled by lifeguards. The pine fringed foreshore has a kiosk and facilities. Dogs are prohibited here.
Mt Kiera Lookout is located on Clive Bissel Drive, which is about 10km southwest of town off the highway. You can overlook the city and surrounds and out to sea from high above. There is also a 200m bushwalk to the Merrigong Environmental Sculpture which represents the creation of the 5 islands off the coast. Another lookout point is near the sculptures with mountain views. Mt Kiera also has a café at the summit serving food and refreshments.
Just south of town is Port Kembla, which operates steel works and a shipping port. The township might be big on industrial activities however it boasts some stunning coastline and views. Port Kembla beach lies below a protrusive headland, sweeping around to the south for miles, and has an Olympic size swimming pool right on the beach. There’s also a good scenic lookout on Military Rd which offers panoramic views of the town, port and coastline.
Wollongong is a good place to base yourself to explore the surrounding coastline and have the convenience of ample shopping, entertainment and accommodation options at your fingertips.
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Destinations in New South Wales
Bundjalung National Park
Mt Warning National Park
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Royal National Park
Yuraygir National Park
Return from Wollongong to New South Wales