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Horseback Adventures

By at June 2, 2017 | 3:04 pm | 0 Comment

Vibrant rural living abounds in Illawarra, history and adventure all in one place.  Come and enjoy the beautiful trails and the peaceful country hospitality, and what better way to experience this than to do it on horseback. There are plenty of great places to go riding, and plenty of steady horses to take you on, whether you’re a beginner looking to go for your

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Autumn in Illawarra

By at March 28, 2017 | 5:24 pm | 0 Comment

A calm atmosphere settles over the homesteads, towns and countryside of Illawarra as Autumn fully sets in, spreading a gentle orange tinge to everything from the trees to the warm sun. The ambient temperature drops just a smidge, cool breezes wind throughout the day and as the blazing orange sun ducks behind the horizon to the west, it suddenly becomes more

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Wollongong’s Best Swimming Holes

By at December 14, 2016 | 10:12 am | 0 Comment

Nellie’s swimming hole and the Blue Pool are great little getaway destinations in the Illawarra. A natural rock pool and waterfall where you can swim and frolic in the natural surrounds to your heart's content. Located in Budderoo National Park, if you follow the path from the small car park, which is about 50 minutes south west of Wollongong, you will find

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Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

By at November 28, 2016 | 4:38 pm | 0 Comment

The Illawarra Performing Arts Centre or ‘IPAC’ as it’s colloquially known, is a fantastic venue and the best place in Wollongong to enjoy some good old fashioned shows. You can enjoy a pre or post show meal or drink at the restaurant and bar lounge area. Both the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and Wollongong Town Hall are both located within

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Four incredible waterfalls, one day trip

By at November 14, 2016 | 1:42 pm | 0 Comment

If you’re looking to escape the city on a day trip in the outdoors then you’ll want to hear about how you can visit four four pristine waterfalls and explore the winding, rolling countryside of the Illawarra while you’re at it. Your day out can include visits to dairy farms, exploring dirt tracks through the rainforest, bushwalking and of course,

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Guided Coledale Rainforest Walk

By at October 28, 2016 | 12:14 pm | 0 Comment

The chance for a guided walk through the Coledale Rainforest is an experience not to be missed in the Illawarra. Underneath the dramatic rocky cliffs of the Illawarra Escarpment lies a cool and diverse rainforest, bursting with life. Wallabies, echidna, lizards and all kinds of birds call the rainforest home and this abundant flora and fauna is a major attraction

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Learn to Surf on the South Coast

By at September 19, 2016 | 1:01 pm | 0 Comment

Learn to surf on the rolling South Coast! Surfing is a popular pastime in the Gong and surrounds and for good reason. Rolling waves crash against golden beaches drenched in sunlight. The Coast offers some of the greatest breaks in Australia, where you can surf any day of the week. Learn to surf with local professional surf instructors and competent surfers who want

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Towradgi Beach Park and Rock Pool

By at September 5, 2016 | 11:08 am | 0 Comment

Towradgi Beach Park is a fantastic beachside attraction located just five kilometres north of Wollongong. Salt water rock pool formations make for a brilliant natural playground to explore at low tide. There’s also the man-made playground in the park for the little ones to run amok to their hearts content. The beach is a popular option year-round and beach

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Tree Top Adventures

By at August 19, 2016 | 2:31 pm | 0 Comment

Want to do something adventurous? Head to Nowra for a Tree Top adventure like you’ve never experienced. Exciting and challenging courses will take you high into the canopy and have you swinging, climbing and flying through the forest. Flying foxes will have you soaring between the trees at frightening speeds, cargo nets, rope bridges and wooden obstacles offer

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Wollongong’s Friday Produce and Creative Markets

By at August 2, 2016 | 1:11 pm | 0 Comment

Every Friday in Wollongong a local market springs up at Crown Street Mall. Send your tastebuds on a culinary adventure and taste the flavours of the world. Enjoy the atmosphere of the friendly local market, with it’s sweet scents and mouth-watering foods. You’ll find everything from freshly ground coffee to delicious traditional Turkish treats, asian inspired

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Whale Watching season begins!

By at June 15, 2016 | 4:17 pm | 0 Comment

Not a year goes by on the coasts of Australia without one of nature’s greatest shows taking centre stage. The whale migration in Australia begins late May and runs through till the month of November, with June to November tagged as the whale watching season in Australia. The annual whale migration north along the coast provides one of the most spectacular

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The Australian Motorlife Museum

By at May 25, 2016 | 3:34 pm | 0 Comment

Described as a hidden gem in the midst of the Illawarra, the Australian Motorlife Museum in Wollongong is probably where you least expect it. But that’s part of it’s charm. A visit to the museum will leave your jaw dropped. It’s a deceiving set of buildings from the outside, so when you see just how many vintage automotive treasures they’ve packed in,

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Wollongong Harbour Lighthouse

By at May 11, 2016 | 12:02 pm | 0 Comment

Visit the Breakwater Lighthouse, also known as the Wollongong Harbour Lighthouse because it’s situated on the southern breakwater of the harbour. It’s been active since 1974 and although no longer needed, a decorative light is displayed on special occasions.  It’s 12 metres high hand is an iconic part of Wollongong’s history. It fell into disrepair but

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The Beautiful Wollongong Botanic Gardens

By at April 27, 2016 | 11:27 am | 0 Comment

A trip to Wollongong isn’t complete without a trip to the botanical garden. It’s a great lace to just relax either on your own or with family and friends. The grounds are exceptionally tidy and stunningly beautiful. Full of wildlife and beautiful plants, ancient trees and flowers. The garden is divided into sections, one side has a traditional English

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Explore Illawarra on a Self Drive Tour

By at April 13, 2016 | 12:21 pm | 0 Comment

Take off into a world of your own and discover the Illawarra Region on one of the many self drive tours that take you on a journey of discovery and wonder. In Illawarra there are many tourist drives and scenic road trips that let you explore at your own pace.  The itineraries are here to help you get started with tips on where to stay, what to see, where to eat

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Seafood and Sail 2016

By at March 18, 2016 | 3:22 pm | 0 Comment

The annual Seafood and Sail event is happening this year on the 19th and 20th of March, this weekend! Wollongong Yacht Club is organising the event at Endeavour Drive, Wollongong. This sailing race is a hit with locals and sailing enthusiasts alike and the race is included in the Ocean Pointscore series for 2016. Local restaurants and eateries will gather to

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The Ridiculous Joys of the Segway

By at January 20, 2016 | 11:53 am | 0 Comment

Segways.  They'll never really be cool.  Let's be honest, they don't exactly fit the same category as, say, a motorbike.  They don't come with leather jackets and you don't look a badass riding one, even with the trendiest of shades. They are, however, a marvel of modern technology. In fact, they're so amazing, anyone can ride a segway.  The auto balancing

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Illawarra Folk Festival

By at January 12, 2016 | 1:12 pm | 0 Comment

The Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli is going to be fantastic this year. Kicking off on Thursday the 14th of January and running through until Sunday the 17th. The Festival originated at Jamberoo in 1985, now it's one of the largest festivals in Australia and run entirely by volunteers. Don't miss out on approximately 170 performers that will be playing over the

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Kiama Arts Trail Open Weekend

By at November 30, 2015 | 1:34 pm | 0 Comment

The Kiama Arts Trail The Kiama Arts Trail Open Weekend is a fantastic event that takes you through some of the most picturesque and beautiful countryside in Australia to visit award winning artist studios, galleries and cafes. Entry to each of these venues is free! Open the first weekend of each month and by appointment, the Kiama Arts Trail is filled to the brim

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Symbio Wildlife Park

By at November 17, 2015 | 10:57 am | 0 Comment

Symbio Wildlife Park is a zoo situated in Helensburgh in NSW about halfway between Wollongong and Sydney and a roughly 45 minute drive from either city. The motto is “We’ll get you closer” and that’s certainly true at Symbio where you’ll get to meet some truly iconic animals up close and personal. Create wonderful memories with animal encounters of

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