Wollongong Hotel & Accommodation

Famed for its beautiful long beaches, spectacular rocky coastlines and stunning scenic lookouts, you'll be amazed at the beauty and diversity that fits into this relatively small amount of land nestled between mountains and the sea. Affectionately known as The Gong by locals, the seaside city of Wollongong is less than 90km south of Sydney and lies in the heart of the Illawarra Region. Filled to the brim with great activities and attractions, no fewer than 17 beaches and more bushwalking opportunities than you can shake a stick at, The Gong is the third largest city in NSW. Escaping to Wollongong is rather easy with trains departing hourly from Sydney Central Station or quick one-hour drive south along the Princes Highway. Don't stress about finding a place to sleep because whether you're strapped for cash or have extra wallet-weight, Wollongong has a slew of accommodation options to cover every taste and budget.

Walk, drive or cycle over the 655 metre-long Sea Cliff Bridge that provides a scenic link to the south coast along Australia's Grand Pacific Drive then consider your choices for lunch between the trendy café scene along the Esplanade or further afield on Keira Street, in the heart of the central shopping district. If there on a Friday wander through the region's fresh local produce, arts and handicrafts at the Wollongong Farmers' Markets in Crown Street Mall to scoop up a picnic of gourmet goodies before taking a walk on the high side through the beautiful rainforest canopy at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventure. Meditate in the serenity of the lotus ponds and wander through the grandeur architecture of Nan Tien Temple; the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere just 10 minute's drive from Wollongong or for a pleasant day trip out, drive 45 minutes to witness the spectacular plumes of water as they erupt nosily through natural holes in the coastal rock at the Kiama Blowhole.

With its looming mountains and peaceful shrouds of ocean mist, Wollongong offers a sleepy beach break from the frenetic pace of a metropolitan city.