A leisurely hour to an hour and a half's drive from Sydney is Wollongong and the mountain range that forms a scenic backdrop for this coastline. From Thirroul to Shellharbour, Mount Keira is clearly in view. It was nice to finally climb it and look down on the sprawling coastline.
You can drive right up to the lookout. Just be mindful of the opening hours to avoid being gated in for the night. We escaped with minutes to spare. The drive up was made so pleasant by lush forest lining the road.
As cliche as it may sound, I felt on top of the world while adoring the panoramic view of the region - from forest-covered neighbouring mountains, to suburbs, to the Pacific Ocean. A fog over the ocean made it rather surreal on this particular evening. At first I wasn't sure where the sea met the sky.
If you feel like getting active, there is a summit ring walk on Mount Keira. It's a scenic 5.6km's and will take around three hours in the fresh mountain air. There was a shorter 400m bush-walk we took to another quainter view-point from the main lookout.
Follow up your adventuring in this part of the Illawarra Escarpment with a barbecue. There are picnic and bathroom facilities at the lookout. With conveniences, nature walks, and a top view of the South Coast, Mount Keira is ideal for a day away from the city.