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by Manuel (subscribe)
Freelance writer and street photographer
Published March 28th 2014
You gotta love the 'Gong
Photo by Ronald Bolante
Surf's up at Wollongong. Photo by Ronald Bolante.

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.

Wollongong waterfront. Photo by Ronald Bolante.
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.

Walking track along the city beach.
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 city beach. Photo by Ronald Bolante.
Wollongong has beautiful beaches less the crowd. Photo by Ronald Bolante.

The Wollongong Botanic Garden, located in Keiravilla at the foot of Mount Keira, is a gem of the Illawara. It has different collections, and some sections of the garden are popular wedding ceremony sites. Click here to find out more about the collections at the Wollongong Botanic Garden and the garden map.

Boats at Wollongong. Photo by Ronald Bolante.
It would be lovely to have one of those boats for yourself and sail around. Photo by Ronald Bolante.

Whenever there's a long weekend, Wollongong beckons. Come and visit with family and friends.
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Your Comment
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! :)
by jjjer (score: 0|7) 2852 days ago
Indeed, those photos do not do justice to what the 'Gong offers.
by Manuel (score: 1|74) 2852 days ago
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