The New South Wales South Coast is a beautiful part of Australia. Whether you’re road tripping the 138km Grand Pacific Drive or making a day trip to one of the many gorgeous beaches, the natural beauty of the East Coast promises inspiration and adventure.
Wollongong (AKA The Gong) is one of New South Wales largest coastal cities and is just a 90 minute drive from Sydney. Besides the gorgeous beaches, rainforests and mountains there is a diverse city culture with plenty to see and do.
Amongst all there is to see and do, these three experiences stand out and could be planned for a quick day trip or a leisurely weekend.
1. Nan Tien Temple
This temple is the biggest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. It offers retreats and workshops, such as the One Day Meditation Retreat, for those interested in learning about Buddhism, touring the temple or simply spending a day practicing mindfulness and peace.
Roll out your picnic blanket on the grass overlooking the sea under Wollongong’s most aesthetically pleasing lighthouse. Also known as Flagstaff Lighthouse, this active lighthouse overlooks the Tasman Sea.
BYO picnic basket or pickup some lunch from one of the takeaway shops along Endeavour Drive.
Inject a little adventure into your day by jumping 15000ft out of a plane and landing on North Wollongong Beach. This is Sydney’s only beach skydive!
My Mum surprised me with tickets for both of us to jump out of a plane onto North Wollongongg Beach together one Christmas. I absolutely loved it, my Mum affirmed it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience for her.
Where is your favourite place to day trip to? Have you been to Wollongong? Where is your favourite place to visit or thing to do in the Gong?
Nan Tien Temple
Address: 180 Berkley Road, Berkley NSW 2506
Wollongong Head Lighthouse
Address: Lot 2 Endeavour Drive, Wollongong
Skydive the Beach
Address: North Wollongong Beach – Office is in Stuart Park on George Hanley Drive, Wollongong