Wollongong

Wollongong enjoys a strategic location, an hour south of Sydney and three hours from the Australian capital city of Canberra. This coastal gem offers many places to explore, by day and by night. Whether you're soaking in the amazing scenery of Grand Pacific Drive, experiencing the Wollongong Australia nightlife, or sampling one of the many museums, you'll find a place that feels a million miles away from the ordinary.

The list of things to do in Wollongong begins with the beaches, which separate the Pacific Ocean from the town. The Grand Pacific Drive winds past these pristine stretches of sun and sand for miles and miles, connecting Sydney's Royal National Park in the north with scenic Shoalhaven. Stepping off the scenic route, you'll have the chance to spend time at Wollongong beaches. The city enjoys sunny weather throughout the year, with pleasant temperatures in the winter and perfect beach temp in the summer, with cooling breezes to ensure that warm weather isn't a problem. Between September and April, lifeguards keep watch over seventeen of the beaches, while North Wollongong beach has year-round service. The surrounding ocean rock pools provide a safe and scenic place to enjoy a swim.

While swimming and sunbathing are to obvious things to enjoy at the beaches of Wollongong, you also can enjoy the challenges of the great outdoors. Through the warmer months of the year, people gather along the golden beaches to watch the surfers catch a wave. Even newbies can take lessons to learn how to surf, and few places have better waves than the Eastern Coast of Australia. Other watery pursuits, including snorkeling, beach skydiving, and scuba diving are on the list of things to do in Wollongong. More outdoor fun is waiting at the Jamberoo Action Park, home to a giant wave pool, a giant water slide, and even go karts.

Moving inland, the this city offers a rich cultural scene and a thriving nightlife. The various museums provide an overview of the Wollongong's unique history, especially the Illawarra Museum right in the heart of town. After exploring the Illawarra, you could make a visit to Science Centre and Planetarium, designed to inspire imaginations. Another attraction, Australia's Industry World, is truly a one-of-a-kind place to explore. This peek into the heavy industry that keeps the steelworks Port Kembla humming.

Other things to do in Wollongong will connect you to the artistic side of the city. As more and more resident artists are making their homes in Wollongong, this place is earning a creative reputation. You can experience this by visiting the Wollongong City Gallery or attending a folk festival.

The city's cultural scene springs to life once the sun has set. As you're enjoying the Wollongong nightlife, you could purchase tickets for the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, which hosts a full schedule of concerts, ballets, and musicals. The Merrigong Theatre Company is another choice for the performing arts. Nighttime fun is also easy to find at the the WIN Sports and Entertainment Centre, where professional sports are based and other special events are held. As you'd expect, there are plenty of restaurants and night clubs where you can experience the great nightlife.

Whenever you're ready to get a good night's sleep, plenty of hotels in Wollongong are poised to provide hospitality. Whether you're looking for boutique hotels along the beach or budget accommodations, you'll have many choices of places to spend the night and gear up for a new day of adventure.

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