The 10 Best Things to Do in Wollongong, New South Wales

Discover the best top things to do in Wollongong, Australia including Nan Tien Temple, Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, Wollongong Botanic Garden, Port Kembla Beach, Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track, Wollongong Head Lighthouse, Wattamolla Beach, Science Space, Early Start Discovery Space, The Australian Motorlife Museum.

1. Nan Tien Temple

180 Berkeley Rd | Berkeley, Wollongong, New South Wales 2506, Australia Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4.5 based on 895 reviews

Nan Tien Temple

Nan Tien is very different from most tourist attractions because there is so much to offer: the visual delights of grandeur architecture, art & culture including unique exhibitions & festivals, Buddhist festivals, vegetarian culinary delights, educational & healthy life style classes & retreats, accommodation, top class conference and auditorium facilities as well as beautiful gardens & walks. There is also the spiritual and religious experience that is unforgettable and even life changing for some.

Reviewed By Taseoak - Wollongong, AustraliaWollongong, Australia

Very Interesting Experience

I have visited the Nan Ten Temple twice. Each time I have found it ver interesting.A sense of peace envelopes the site and to walk among the gardens, listen to the chimes and the bell (sounds like a gong) and see the friendly monks in their robes is good

2. Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond

From Royal National Park to Bomaderry, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities, Scenic Drives, Lookouts More
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65%
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4.5 based on 609 reviews

Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond

Grand Pacific Drive is a 140km coastal drive, starting just 45 minutes south of Sydney, NSW, Australia in the beautiful Royal National Park. Driving scenery includes, coastal rainforests to quaint villages and over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. The drive heads into Wollongong then through to Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven. Experience ‘beyond’ into the scenic Southern Highlands, Batemans Bay, Canberra, the greater South Coast and onto Melbourne. Local Tips: - Driving through the Royal National Park is free. Fee of $12.00 applies if stopping to enjoy this picturesque playground. - Parking for the Sea Cliff Bridge can be found north of the Bridge at Leeder Park or Coalcliff Beach. - Free Parking at all beaches along the Grand Pacific Drive Wollongong offers free on-street parking on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. - Keep a look out for the many information centers along the Grand Pacific Drive. Public Transport: - Sea Cliff Bridge: Premier Bus # 2 from Coalcliff to Wollongong and return. Closet Train station is Coalcliff with an 800 walk to the start of the Sea Cliff Bridge on the Northern Side.

Reviewed By 1victor - North Narrabeen, AustraliaNorth Narrabeen, Australia

A sunday afternoon drive

The drive along the coast is dramatic in places, and the new 'bridge' is a great sight to pass along

3. Wollongong Botanic Garden

Murphys Ave | Keiraville, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
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4.5 based on 265 reviews

Wollongong Botanic Garden

Reviewed By robmar55 - Shellharbour, AustraliaShellharbour, Australia

Beautiful gardens and grounds

There’s many different areas to walk through all interconnected by pathways, some on the steeper side. The gardens are beautifully laid out with seating strategically placed along walkways. A lovely lake, a Chinese arched bridge, a cacti area are a few of

4. Port Kembla Beach

Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Port Kembla Beach

Reviewed By Petra P - Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia

A beach for the whole family!

Love Port Kembla beach. Patrolled beach and pools for every age. There are clean change rooms and showers. A cafe on site for fish and chips and cafe style meals and drinks. South of the beach is a dog of the lead area for your beloved pet to frolic in th

5. Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track

Grand Pacific Drive, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Biking Trails
Excellent
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track

Reviewed By Nonapama - Kincumber, AustraliaKincumber, Australia

Scenic, picturesque + birdlfe

Beautiful coastline to wander along dotted with picturesque creeks and billabongs. Plenty of birdlife including sooty oystercatchers, mallards, black swans, great egrets, lapwing plovers, pied cormorants and of course plenty of seagulls and the odd pelica

6. Wollongong Head Lighthouse

Endeavour Drive, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lighthouses
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4.5 based on 379 reviews

Wollongong Head Lighthouse

Reviewed By Charles K - Winchester, United KingdomWinchester, United Kingdom

A lighthouse

Just a lighthouse, interesting but not spectacular. There's a nice area to walk around, particularly if it's sunny.

7. Wattamolla Beach

Wattamolla Beach Road, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
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4.5 based on 137 reviews

Wattamolla Beach

Reviewed By AlessioAllegrucci86 - Western Cape, South AfricaWestern Cape, South Africa

Amazing beach in nature reserve

Beautiful beach in the nature reserve. About 1 hour drive from Sydney. Make sure you pack food/drinks as there isn't a shop nearby.Top tip:Go early sim to be there at 9am. When the parking at the bottom becomes full they close the gate which means you nee

8. Science Space

60 Squires Way, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia Museums, Children's Museums, Science Museums, Specialty Museums More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 148 reviews

Science Space

Science Space is the only dedicated science experience in NSW and is a place where anyone, young and old, can come and see how science and technology discoveries have become reality. It is a place to be inspired about what the future holds and empowered to help change it for the better. Science Space is the proud home of the DIGISTAR 6, Australia’s #1 most digitally advanced Planetarium. The 4k laser projection system is a first for Australia and allows the public to experience science and technology like never before. Science Space is founded upon the principles of education, hands-on learning and accessibility. Existing to advocate the value of science and technology and increase general science literacy. Science Space brings over 100 interactive exhibits, Science Shows, Workshops and Australia’s #1 Planetarium to the Illawarra region.

Reviewed By Lionsy - Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia

Pretty fun, with a number of interesting interactive experiences

This place exceeded our expectations. There are a lot of interactive activities for adults and kids, and even though it was a Saturday of the school holidays, it wasn't so busy that you couldn't get to the activities. The price is reasonable, and we're ha

9. Early Start Discovery Space

Northfields Ave | Building 21, Wollongong, New South Wales 2522, Australia Museums, Children's Museums
Excellent
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Early Start Discovery Space

Reviewed By AusFamily123 - Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia

Only good for ages 2-7

This is a great attraction for the right aged children. From ages 2-7 it is perfect. Anything above that it is a bit tricky to find anything to keep them interested. I took a 7,9 and 11 year old. My 7 year old was in heaven. My 9 year old luckily found th

10. The Australian Motorlife Museum

94 Darkes Road, Kembla Grange | Integral Energy Recreation Park, Wollongong, New South Wales 2526, Australia Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

The Australian Motorlife Museum

The Australian Motorlife Museum has a unique position in the Illawarra tourism arena and has a national reputation within the heritage motoring community. We are one of the largest museums of its kind in Australia. The current collection comprises thousands of items with over 4,000 sq. meters of display area. The collection includes vehicles from the early 1900’s through to the 1960’s. Motorcycles, trucks, a Penny Farthing bicycle and others, a 1924 Fire engine complete with brass helmets, an FJ Holden with a Caravan, typewriters, gramophones, picnic gear, irons, signs galore, advertising material, NRMA and Wayne Gardner dedicated historical displays. Early petrol pumps are a feature. Even from this brief overview it is obvious that The Australian Motorlife Museum has a great deal to interest everyone from the casual observer to the motoring enthusiast, from the youngest to the oldest visitor. It is echoed throughout a visit comments like ‘I learnt to type on one of these’ and

Reviewed By DarrinW44

A hidden Gem

I never knew this place existed before our visit, we had a very enjoyable couple of hours wandering amongst the antique cars, bikes and equipment

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