Getaway from Sydney: Wollongong

Wollongong is a great coastal day trip from Sydney and you can get there and back in a day without exhausting yourself. But if you’re planning on staying the weekend, there’s plenty to do.

The Road Trip

It’s by no means a long trek to the ‘gong for us living in Sydney so the road trip isn’t very eventful. It’s not until we actually get to Wollongong that it gets exciting. If you’re looking for more of a road trip, bypass Wollongong and drive up through Kangaroo Valley for beautiful scenery.

View of Wollongong Beach from Wollongong Head


Wander along Wollongong Beach and grab a bite to eat before heading to Wollongong Head Lighthouse for views over the coastal region and out to the ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for whales passing through!

This next attraction is great if you’re visiting with a group of friends. Eightfoxavenue Bubble Soccer was one of the most exhausting, fun and painful things I’ve ever done. You and your friends climb into giant inflatable balls and play soccer. It’s as hilarious as you’re imagining. I highly recommend it!


Every Sydney kid’s favourite water park is, and probably always will be, Jamberoo Action Park (*sings* where you control the action). Jamberoo is a water theme park with rides, slides and a wave pool.

One of the best things David and I ever did in Wollongong was visit Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures. Once you’ve paid for park entry, you’ll walk through the bush along designated paths and suspended walkways. From the treetops you get great views of the surrounding area and Wollongong.

Located just 30 minutes’ drive south of Wollongong is Kiama. Kiama is a great place to stop by for afternoon tea. Visit Kiama Blowhole and Kiama Lighthouse by the ocean. There are café-lined streets leading to the attractions.


If you are planning on visiting Wollongong, consider extending your stay and venturing to Berry, Kiama, Kangaroo Valley and Jamberoo for more beautiful south coast scenery and things to do.

Where are your favourite weekend getaways? Let me know in the comments below!


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