Wollongong is a city by the beach, 95 kilometres south-west of Sydney. It is a short drive from 40 minutes to a little over an hour from the southern Sydney suburbs. The city has the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean to the east and Lake Illawara to its south-west. Wollongong is therefore popular for its beaches, but there is more to Wollongong to discover.
The waterfront in Wollongong is a relaxing place. Photo by Ronald Bolante.
If you are visiting with kids, perhaps a good stop would be the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium which is located at the Innovation Campus of the University of Wollongong. It is open from 10am to 4pm everyday, including most public holidays. If you are a member of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, you get free entry at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium as reciprocal benefit. Click here for details.
Take a stroll along the tracks by the city beach at Wollongong. Photo by Ronald Bolante.
Jamberoo Action Park is 28 kilometres south-west of Wollongong. Soak up in this theme park, which is home to the world's first, biggest, and longest water ride of its kind, the Funnel Web. Stunning views and breathtaking panorama will make you love the chairlift which brings you 500 metres up the mountain.
Wollongong has beautiful beaches less the crowd. Photo by Ronald Bolante.
Wollongong is a big, beautiful place that is so much more than the photos you posted (which are all along the same 2km stretch of coastline) suggest.
C'mon Manny, REALLY sell 'the gong' and tell us some things we don't already know! :)