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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Water Park
“Family oriented water theme park great for adults or family groups. Open during warmer months September to February”
  • 49 locals recommend
Transportation
“The 665 metre long Sea Cliff Bridge is a highlight along the Grand Pacific Drive - A drive which takes in 140 kilometres worth of coastal scenery from the Royal National Park, Loftus down to Nowra. The bridge has become an icon to the people of Wollongong and the world, once again welcoming tourists”
  • 48 locals recommend
Place to eat
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“This place is Right on North Beach! there is also a Kiosk option next door. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Travel Agency
  • 1 local recommends
Pub
“1. The Scarborough Hotel for lunch and beers (don’t go there for breakfast). Food is average but the view makes up for it!! It’s a lovely place for a drink in the afternoon. It can get quite busy on summer weekends, but you can take a picnic rug if you can’t find a table. If you don’t have a car (or don’t want to drive) you can catch the train to Scarborough station and walk 650m there. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Located in the entertainment precinct near the IPAC, the gallery has a range of permanent and visiting exhibitions.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Stockland Shellharbour is one of the largest shopping centres in the Illawarra area with over 220 specialty stores and restaurants with a cinema near by. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Temple
“One of, if not the best Buddhist temple in Australia. You don't need to be a Buddhist to enjoy a visit to the temple. It's open to all to enjoy the temple grounds and excellent vegetarian food.”
  • 17 locals recommend
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“Wonderful place for a drink, coffee or lunch. Gorgeous views up and down the coast. 5 mins from your accommodation. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Nature
“Beautiful Gardens laid out in manicured lawns offering a visual display of the beauty of nature. A stroll through the gardens offers visitors an opportunity to see some stunning floral art, and an opportunity to picnic beside the duck pond.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Theater
“- Anita’s Theatre – renovated theatre originally “Kings theatre” built in 1925. a beautiful theatre that is host to a number of concerts and live performances. Only 800m on foot from here. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“4. Thirroul: Jose Jones dinner/afternoon drinks. Locally sourced ingredients, lovely tapas, cocktails, beer on tap. Live music Friday and Sunday evenings. 850m on foot 7-10 minute walk, follow directions to Thirroul beach however don’t turn onto the esplanade – just keep walking a little bit and you’ll see the sign. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Nature
“Get a birds eye view of the city. Short drive up Mt Keira road or try the walking trails if you are feeling adventurous. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Closest supermarket is the IGA in Thirroul. They have a great selection of cheeses!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Cafe
“Earth Walker is a beautiful cafe / store with organic gifts and food products. Nestled between the mountains and Northern beaches, The drive there has boutiques along the way and incredible beaches, you could keep driving to the Sea Cliff Bridge.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Views for Days! A Hiking trail for the adventurous. Lots of stairs and some ladders thrown in. Plus a simply amazing coastal view at the top. Bring a Drink Bottle and maybe some $$ for a drink and snack at the top.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“4. Thirroul: Jose Jones dinner/afternoon drinks. Locally sourced ingredients, lovely tapas, cocktails, beer on tap. Live music Friday and Sunday evenings. 850m on foot 7-10 minute walk, follow directions to Thirroul beach however don’t turn onto the esplanade – just keep walking a little bit and you’ll see the sign. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cafe
“Three levels dedicated to a unique food and drink culture in the heart of Wollongong.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Kneading Ruby is a hidden gem. It offers a superb menu and attentive staff. The atmosphere is wonderful under high ceilings and a glam industrial decor. It’s all about sharing food here. Warm. Vibrant. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pepes is open from breakfast till late. pop in and enjoy a cocktail overlooking North Gong beach.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Teriyaki meets tacos at this Asian-South American fusion restaurant and bar. Dining here is all about the communal vibe, from their communal tables to their delicious menu, designed to share”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Staff are friendly and the food is exceptional! Owned and operated by local, Daniel, he and his team have a great following of locals. A great atmosphere for any occasion. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Amazing food, but on the pricey side of things. I would recommend getting the tasting menu or chef plate. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Caveau is Wollongong’s most awarded restaurant, having received a coveted hat from the SMH Good Food Guide every year since 2005. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

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