Wollongong:

Population: 292,190 (9th)
Postcode: 2500
Elevation: 5 m (16 ft)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
AEST (UTC+10) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location: 84 km (52 mi) S of Sydney
Local Government Area:
  • City of Wollongong
  • City of Shellharbour
  • Municipality of Kiama
  • Region: Illawarra
    Federal Division:
  • Cunningham
  • Throsby
  • Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    21.8 °C 13.3 °C 1,320.9 mm

    Wollongong is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. It lies on the narrow coastal strip between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, 82 kilometres south of Sydney.

    With a population of 292,190 Wollongong is the 3rd largest city in New South Wales after Sydney and Newcastle, and the 9th largest city in Australia. The metropolitan area extends from Helensburgh in the north to Gerroa in the south, and is administered by the Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama councils. Geologically, the city is located in the south-eastern part of the Sydney basin, which extends from Newcastle to Nowra.

    Sometimes referred to as the Gong, Wollongong is a city with a long history of mining and industry, with coal mines, a steelworks and an industrial port. The city also attracts numerous tourists each year, and is a regional centre for the South Coast fishing industry. The local University of Wollongong has around 22,000 students and is internationally recognised.

    Wollongong is noted for its numerous surfing beaches, scenic lookouts and botanic gardens. It has two regional cathedrals, churches of many denominations and the Nan Tien Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the southern hemisphere.

    The name Wollongong is believed to mean "sound of the sea" in the local Aboriginal language, although other explanations have been offered, such as "great feast of fish", "hard ground near water", "song of the sea", "sound of the waves", "many snakes" and "five islands".

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    We will provide a surfboard that will suit your level of ability, and a wetsuit of your size. 4 hour duration (half day). Our Wave Rat surfboards provide an excellent stable platform for all ages and weights to experience the thrill of catching a wave and experiencing the power of the ocean.  These boards of high quality, surf school standard. Reliable, stable and durable and designed to get you up and riding in the fastest and safest way possible. Our wetsuits are 3/2 long arm/long leg steamer wetsuits, guarenteed to keep you warm on the coldest of days. Boards and wetsuits available for pickup and Illawarra Surf Academy drop off at 9 Dobbie Avenue, Corrimal.

    We wil provide a surfboard that will suit your level of ability, and a wetsuit of your size. 4 hour duration (half day). Our Wave Rat surfboards provide an excellent stable platform for all ages and weights to experience the thrill of catching a wave and experiencing the power of the ocean. These boards of high quality, surf school standard. Reliable, stable and durable and designed to get you up and riding in the fastest and safest way possible. Our wetsuits are 3/2 long arm/long leg steamer wetsuits, guarenteed to keep you warm on the coldest of days. Boards and wetsuits available for pickup and Illawarra Surf Academy drop off at 9 Dobbie Avenue, Corrimal.

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    30 Minute Wollongong Coastal Helicopter Scenic Flight more_vert
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    Within minutes of departure you will be flying over the pristine sandy beaches of Australia’s South Coast; from Kiama in the south to Wollongong Harbour in the North.  And all against the ever present mountainous backdrop of the Great Dividing Range
    Tour Highlights
    • Kiama to Wollongong and all the beautiful beaches in-between.
    • A packed 30 minute schedule of spectacular mountain and ocean views
    • Experience the unique thrill of a helicopter take-off and landing
    • Only minutes flying time from base to the golden beaches of the Illawarra
    • Keep a lookout for whales and dolphins
    • Informed commentary from your friendly pilot
    • A comfortable helipad viewing lounge for all your family and friends
    • Free tea and coffee before and after your experience

    If you haven’t experienced the unique thrill of a helicopter ride you’re in for a treat. As you rise slowly up off the ground into the hover, you’re flying but you’re not going anywhere!!. And then ever so gently the pilot pushes forward on his controls and forward you go and up you come.
    As you take-off from Wollongong Airport, make sure you have your camera at the ready to capture the panoramic views of both the mountains and the sea as they unfold before you. Keep your camera switched on though, it’s about to get a serious workout.
    Your coastal flight begins at Kiama where you’ll have a birds-eye view of the famous blowhole and fishing harbour. From there you’ll be flying northwards hugging the coastline for some great views of the golden suntanned beaches and aquamarine waters of the Illawarra.
    Make sure you look up every now and then though. The view from the coast of the Pacific to the mountains of the Great Dividing Range is spectacular. Try to imagine what the landscape would have been like in the days of the ancient aboriginal Wodi Wodi and Nharawal tribes that called the Illawarra home.
    Passeing Bombo, Killelea, Bass Point, Shellharbour, Lake Illawarra, The Five Islands, Hill 60 and Port Kembla, all too soon you will be approaching your final coastal destination on your packed itinerary, Wollongong Harbour. Look down and choose a spot to visit later in the day for tea, coffee, lunch or even a swim.
    But its not all over yet. The return flight to base, flying over Lake Illawarra on final approach, will provide some breathtaking views of the mountains and the homesteads in their foothills. And then touchdown!!
    Itinerary
    • Kiama Blowhole
    • Bass Point Marine Reserve
    • Lake Illawarra
    • Mount Kembla and Mount Keira
    • Hill 60 and the Five Islands
    • Port Kembla
    • WIN Stadium
    • Wollongong Harbour

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    45 Minute Wollongong Seacliff Bridge Helicopter Scenic Flight more_vert
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    Within minutes of departure you will be flying over the pristine sandy beaches of Australia’s South Coast; from Kiama in the south to the Seacliff Bridge in the North. And always against the ever present backdrop of the Great Dividing Range
    Tour Highlights
    • From Kiama to The Seacliff Bridge and all the beautiful beaches in-between.
    • A packed 45 minute schedule of spectacular mountain and ocean views
    • Experience the unique thrill of a helicopter take-off and landing
    • Only minutes flying time from base to the golden beaches of the Illawarra
    • Keep a lookout for whales and dolphins
    • Informed commentary from your friendly pilot
    • A comfortable helipad viewing lounge for all your family and friends
    • Free tea and coffee before and after your experience

    If you haven’t experienced the unique thrill of a helicopter ride you’re in for a treat. As you rise slowly up off the ground into the hover, you’re flying but you’re not going anywhere!!. And then ever so gently the pilot pushes forward on his controls and forward you go and up you come.
    As you take-off from Wollongong Airport, make sure you have your camera at the ready to capture the panoramic views of both the  mountains and the sea as they unfold before you. Keep your camera switched on though, it’s about to get a serious workout.
    Your coastal flight begins at Kiama where you’ll have a birds-eye view of the famous blowhole and fishing harbour. From there you’ll be flying northwards hugging the coastline for some great views of the golden suntanned beaches and aquamarine waters of the Illawarra.
    Make sure you look up every now and then though. As you fly toward The Seacliff Bridge, the mountains of the Great Dividing Range converge on the Pacific coastline creating opportunities to capture some truly breathtaking photographs.
    Keep a lookout for those at work and play both in the ocean and on the shoreline. From swimmers on Port Kembla Beach to surfers at Killelea, sailing yachts and fishing trawlers and even dolphins and whales. The Illawarra is teaming with visitors from far and wide who just can’t get enough of our beautiful coastline.
    With so much to see make sure you  are ready for the amazing Seacliff Bridge. Gaining international recognition as one of the drawcard attractions for visitors to the area, its expanse can only truly be appreciated from the air.
    But its not all over yet. The return flight to base, flying over Lake Illawarra on final approach, will provide some breathtaking views of the mountains and the homesteads in their foothills. And then touchdown!!
    Itinerary
    • Kiama Blowhole
    • Bass Point Marine Reserve
    • Lake Illawarra
    • Hill 60 and the Five Islands
    • Port Kembla
    • WIN Stadium
    • Wollongong Harbour
    • Thirroul and Austimer Beaches
    • Headland
    • Scarbourough Pub
    • Seacliff Bridge

    • $440.00
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    45 Minute Wollongong Waterfall & Canyon Safari more_vert
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    Discover the most spectacular waterfalls in the Southern Highlands flying over steep canyons visiting Carrington, Belmore, Fitzroy and Gerringong Falls. See the rainforest, cliff faces, gorges and chasms of the Great Dividing Range.
    Tour Highlights
    • Only minutes flying time from base to the cliff faces of the mountain escarpment
    • A packed 45 minute schedule of spectacular mountain and ocean views
    • Rainforest, cliff faces, gorges and chasms of the Great Dividing Range
    • Spectacular Carrington, Gerringong, Fitzroy and Belmore Falls
    • Lush mountain foothills and the quaint country villages of Jamberoo and Kangaroo Valley
    • Views of Lake Illawarra and the beaches of the South Coast
    • The unique thrill of a helicopter take-off and landing

    Minutes after take off, as we track towards the mountain ranges, keep a lookout for the tree top walking platform and viewing tower of the Illawarra Fly. Turning south, we continue to follow the rocky cliff edges of the Great Dividing Range towards Jamberoo mountain and the ancient aboriginal bushlands of Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. Then via the meandering mountain escarpment we visit the spectacular Gerringong and Carrington Falls. Onward towards Kangaroo Valley and some of the most beautiful countryside in Australia. See the Hampden iron and wooden suspension bridge spanning the gorge of the Kangaroo Valley River before overflying the dramatic Fitzroy and Belmore Falls. From Belmore Falls we meander back towards base taking a diversion over Macquarie Pass National Park. As you fly overhead the national park, just about visible beneath the rainforest are the tumbling waterfalls of the Macquarie Rivulet. Then looking up, the whole of the Illawarra laid out before you.

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    30 Minute Wollongong Waterfall Discovery Scenic Flight more_vert
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    Explore the rainforest, rivers, waterfalls and gorges of the Illawarra escarpment. Witness the infinite expanse of the Australian Bush.  Epic views from the mountains to the sea. See the spectacular Carrington and Gerringong Falls and the beautiful green pastures of Jamberoo Valley.

    Tour Highlights

    • Only minutes flying time from base to the cliff faces of the mountain escarpment
    • A packed 30 minute schedule of spectacular mountain and ocean views
    • Rainforest, cliff faces, gorges and chasms of the Great Dividing Range.
    • Spectacular Carrington and Gerringong Falls
    • Lush mountain foothills and the quaint country village of Jamberoo
    • Views of Lake Illawarra and the beaches of the South Coast
    • The unique thrill of a helicopter take-off and landing

    Minutes after take off, as we track towards the mountain ranges, keep a lookout for the tree top walking platform and viewing tower of the Illawarra Fly. Turning south, we continue to follow the rocky cliff edges of the Great Dividing Range towards Jamberoo mountain and the ancient aboriginal bushlands of Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. Flying over Cooks Nose walking track, next on the itinerary is the beautiful Gerringong Falls, a 180m vertical drop as the Gerringong Creek plummets over its cliff edge. As we follow the Upper Kangaroo Valley River, the valley closes in and terminates as a narrow gorge at Carrington Falls. The top is about 550 meters above sea level and the pool at the base is 160m below. From Carrington Falls we meander back towards base taking a diversion over Macquarie Pass National Park. As you fly overhead the national park, just about visible beneath the rainforest is the tumbling Macquarie Rivulet. Then looking up, the whole of the Illawarra laid out before you.

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