Would I stay at the Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort again? The short answer is no. The reasons are many and personal. The resort may suit a non discriminating family weekend. It is close to the beach. It does have a heated pool. It does have bike hire. But all is not quite as it seems.
The resort website states that they are often asked if they are near the beach and provides an aerial photo (see above) which seems to show that there is accommodation right on the beach. The problem is, there isn't. These are the holiday homes of long term residents, not holiday makers.
What disappointed me the most however is the standard of accommodation. Our cabin and its furniture are ageing, worn out and tired looking. The bathrooms are small and very plain with shower curtains past their best. The kitchen equipment was short of being adequate. Luckily, I took my own sharp knife. There is no view and you are so far away from the surf that you can't hear it or even smell it.
But the 'moth to a flame' resort facility that drew me in was the 25 metre heated indoor pool. As I was to learn, access is limited. It is not open until 8.00 am and it is closed late in the afternoon for several hours for swim squad training. At other times there are swim schools. None of this suited this lap swimmer. Feel like a bike ride? The bicycle hire was reasonably priced at $5.00 an hour but limited to one hour's hire.
It's not all bad. The beach is a nice long stretch of sand but it is unpatrolled. There is the massively popular Towradgi Beach hotel very conveniently located across the road. There is a free city bus service that takes you into Wollongong with the stop about a 10 minute walk away and the Fairy Meadow railway station and shopping centre which is about a 15 minute walk away. But, I really wanted a place to lounge around in and feel the pleasure of staying at a "Leisure Resort" and this aint it.
Thank you for listing pros and cons. I needed a cheap place to stay this weekend but I must admit, the terms "cabin" and "resort" don't usually go together and Wollongong is not known for its resorts so I think for me personally, that would have been a clue.