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Drive over the Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

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Illawarra Coast NSW

Absolute Beach Front

Windang Bridge on the Illawarra Coast

Fishing at Windang

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Cross the spectacular Sea Cliff Bridge on the Grand Pacific Drive and enter the Illawarra region, filled with beaches, dramatic coastlines and rugged mountains.


Wollongong and the Illawarra are treasures. Explore country towns and beaches straight from a postcard. Hop on a bike or head out on foot and discover the paths and rainforest bushwalks on the Illawarra Escarpment. Follow the Sublime Point walking track for memorable views, not far from Thirroul. Hike Mount Kembla, an important site for the local indigenous Wodi Wodi people.

Thrill seeking

Watch in awe as thrill seekers throw themselves from the cliff tops at Stanwell Park. Head to Bald Hill and join them if you please? (Internationally acclaimed as a hang-gliding location.) You can book a ride and strap yourself in for a tandem adventure. Try a sky dive for the ultimate adrenaline rush and unbeatable, panoramic views. Alternatively, pay a visit to Australia’s highest zipline tour and treetop walk through magnificent rainforest.

Fast times

Get behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 or hop on a Harley Davidson for a specialised local tour.

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Be Inspired

  • Book a table with a view for lunch at the cliffside Scarborough Hotel.
  • Live like a local and take a plunge in one of the many ocean pools.
  • Learn to surf on some of the country’s best surfing beaches.
  • Spend time in Wollongong (or the ‘Gong’ as it’s known locally). Take a peek at the Wollongong Art Gallery – it has one of the best regional collections of Aboriginal art in Australia.
  • Find your inner zen with a visit to Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.
  • Take a wander along the Kiama Coastal Walk, at the end you’ll find the famous Kiama Blowhole.
  • Visit pretty seaside towns as you beach-hop your way along the coast.

Visit Towns of the the Illawarra Region

Create your experience in the Illawarra Region

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Discovery Parks – Gerroa

At the mouth of Crooked River, with the white sands of Seven Mile Beach nearby, sits the lovely seaside town of Gerroa and your next holiday park, Discovery Parks – Gerroa.…

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Kiama Visitor Information Centre

The Kiama Visitor Information Centre is open daily, except Christmas Day. Their friendly team offer a local perspective and are experienced in helping to tailor information and itineraries to ensure…

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Shellharbour Visitor Information Centre

The Shellharbour Visitor Information Centre is the official, accredited Level 1 Visitor Information Centre for the City of Shellharbour. The Visitors Centre is conveniently located at Shellharbour Village and is open…

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Wollongong Visitor Information Centre

The Wollongong Visitor Information Centre is located within the beautiful Southern Gateway Centre. With stunning 180-degree water views from the viewing platform, this truly is the gateway to Wollongong and…

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20 Facts About the Illawarra Region


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