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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

Sage Hotel Wollongong

60/62 Harbour Street, Wollongong
of 5, from 1,980 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this hotel is steps from WIN Stadium and Wollongong Golf Club. Wollongong City Beach and WIN Entertainment Centre are also within 5 minutes.

Culburra Beach House

Culburra Beach House

3 The Marina, Culburra Beach
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 16 mi (25 km) of Nowra Museum, Stockland Nowra, and Meroogal. Nowra Golf Course and Shoalhaven Zoo are also within 20 mi (32 km).

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

2-14 Cliff Road, Wollongong
of 5, from 1,838 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this North Wollongong hotel is just steps from North Wollongong Beach and Stuart Park. Wollongong City Beach and Wollongong Harbor are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Kiama Cove Boutique Motel

Kiama Cove Boutique Motel

10 Bong Bong Street, Kiama
of 5, from 698 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Kiama Leagues Club and Kiama Blowhole.

Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong

Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong

19 Market Street, Wollongong
of 5, from 1,234 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Wollongong, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of WIN Stadium and Crown Street Mall. Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium and University of Wollongong are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Kendalls on the Beach Holiday Park

Kendalls on the Beach Holiday Park

33a Bonaira Street, Kiama
of 5, from 91 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Kiama campground is within 2 mi (3 km) of Little Blow Hole, Kiama Blowhole, and Pilots Cottage Museum. Kiama Leagues Club is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

Mercure Gerringong Resort

Mercure Gerringong Resort

1 Fern Street, Gerringong
of 5, from 437 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Gerringong, this luxury hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Crooked River Winery and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Gerroa Boat Fisherman's Golf Club. Little Blow Hole and Pilots Cottage Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Boat Harbour Motel

Boat Harbour Motel

Cnr Campbell and Wilson St, Wollongong
of 5, from 419 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Wollongong, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Wollongong Fish Market, Illawarra Museum, and Wollongong Harbor. WIN Entertainment Centre and Flagstaff Hill Fort are also within 10 minutes.

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