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Illawarra

Seaside towns, eucalyptus forests and expansive plains are dotted throughout this beautiful coastal region, where dramatic sandstone escarpments meet the Tasman Sea.

Explore the region of Illawarra to find a diverse landscape of coastal plains, magnificent mountain ridges, forests and urban areas. Beginning at Sydney’s southernmost border, Illawarra contains the beautiful Royal National Park, Lake Illawarra and Shoalhaven River to the south. New South Wales’ third-largest city, Wollongong, is located in Illawara, as well as a collection of charming coastal towns.

Spend several days exploring Illawarra’s magnificent coastal areas. From secret coves hidden by fragrant eucalyptus forest to open, sandy beaches with excellent surf breaks and sea baths, Illawarra has the diversity of coastal destinations to suit many pursuits. Spread out a towel or wax up your surfboard and check out the breaks at Austinmer or Wollongong’s North Beach. Follow a section of the unbeatable Coast Track in Royal National Park, a beautiful reserve filled with coastal forests of gum trees and palms, as well as historic beach shacks, stunning rock formations and secret swimming holes.

Wollongong is a relaxed city beneath the rugged Illawarra Escarpment. Find casual cafés, traditional pubs and fine dining establishments serving fresh local seafood. Discover rare and native plants at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens and take in sweeping vistas from atop the Bulli Pass or nearby Mount Keira.

Head south to find the magnificent Illawarra Lake, as well as the raging Kiama Blowhole and pretty Jamberoo. Check out the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre to enjoy relaxing forest walks, see a waterfall and learn about the ecology and local Aboriginal heritage of Budderoo National Park. Camp amid peaceful natural surroundings in Kangaroo Valley or go fishing from the wharves of Shellharbour.

Illawarra’s Royal National Park is a 45-minute drive from Sydney. Reach Wollongong via the scenic Grand Pacific Drive in 90 minutes. The South Coast Railway Line connects Sydney to several destinations in Illawarra. The region has year-round mild temperatures; however, summers can become quite hot. Explore the region via a coastal road trip combined with exciting visits to beautiful national parks.

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Sage Hotel Wollongong $74
Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019
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Sage Hotel Wollongong

Sage Hotel Wollongong

60/62 Harbour Street, Wollongong, NSW
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Friendly staff, parking available, comfortable. The room door isn't that sound proofing, kind of noisy when others are laughing out loud while walking pass on the corridor.

    Kiama Cove Boutique Motel $71
    Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019
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    Kiama Cove Boutique Motel

    Kiama Cove Boutique Motel

    10 Bong Bong Street, Kiama, NSW
       
      3.9 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Excellent location Old and tired property Close to many cafes and beach

      Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong $87
      Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019
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      Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong

      Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong

      19 Market Street, Wollongong, NSW
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Good central location, spacious room (we stayed in a studio apartment), comfortable bed. The only downside was that the air conditioning didn’t work very well.

        Mantra Wollongong $77
        Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019
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        Mantra Wollongong

        Mantra Wollongong

        6-10 Gladstone Ave, Wollongong, NSW
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          There is enough space and very convenient to beach, shopping center

          The Sebel Harbourside Kiama $104
          Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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          The Sebel Harbourside Kiama

          The Sebel Harbourside Kiama

          31 Shoalhaven Street, Kiama, NSW
             
            4.4 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Very clean with excellent staff, its proximity to the town centre and water.

            The Belmore All-Suite Hotel $70
            Reviewed on Aug 25, 2019
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            The Belmore All-Suite Hotel

            The Belmore All-Suite Hotel

            39 Smith Street, Wollongong, NSW
               
              4.3 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nice room with what looks like renovated bathroom. The bathroom sink took a little while to drain out. A tea towel would've been handy but otherwise a pleasant stay.

              Discovery Parks – Gerroa $59
              Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019
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              Discovery Parks – Gerroa

              Discovery Parks – Gerroa

              107 Crooked River Road, Gerroa, NSW
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very impressed with the Discovery park. Friendly staff. Clean and tidy.

                Solomon Inn Wollongong $69
                Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019
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                Solomon Inn Wollongong

                Solomon Inn Wollongong

                111 Princess Highway, Figtree, NSW
                   
                  3.7 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  A bit difficult to locate when the name is not the same as the booking Sheet.. Rooms are very clean but the bathrooms are a little on the small side for a large person. Overall though it was an enjoyable stay.

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