Wollongong is the third largest city in New South Wales and an hour's drive south of Sydney. Take the F6 Southern Freeway or for a more scenic route, turn off at the Royal National Park and follow Grand Pacific Drive.
Wollongong's superb beaches, accommodation options, brewery by the beach and alfresco dining choices make it a great base for exploring the south coast region.
Thrill-seekers can skydive, hang-glide or para-glide, enjoy Harley and Ferrari joy rides and play golf on a beach side course.
Cycle ways line the coast, so hire a bike and explore Wollongong with the kids.
The Wollongong City Gallery has one of the best regional art collections in New South Wales with a special focus on colonial and early Australian art, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artefacts.
Be sure to visit the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern hemisphere. The Nan Tien Temple is surrounded by beautiful gardens and only a 10 minute drive from the Wollongong Central Business District. Free entry.