Nestling on a narrow strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the leafy Illawarra escarpment, Wollongong is known for its coal mining, large beaches, and relaxed life. The city has become quite popular among Sydney Siders as a weekend getaway destination due to its proximity (a mere one-hour drive away). With everything from quick day trips to serene escapes available by car or train, it’s no wonder why so many people are taking advantage of this hidden gem. Nestled on a narrow strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the leafy Illawarra escarpment, Wollongong is famous for both its coal mining history and beautiful scenery. This town has become my favourite getaway locations during the pandemic. Since I do not have access to a car, I love hopping on the train every couple of months to still get away from Sydney’s hectic lifestyle. I recently spent a couple of days exploring the centre of Wollongong to see exactly what it had to offer and discovered that it is more than just its beaches and surf spots. It also offers various cultural attractions such as art galleries like Wollongong Art Gallery which shows contemporary Australian artwork in an open warehouse layout or quirky little museums like Taronga Western Plains Zoo where you can explore Australia’s diverse wildlife habitats up close (and personal). The city centre is bustling with street performers, parks and markets full of delicious yummies. Here are some of my recommended things to do in Wollongong on a two-day trip.
Thinking about doing a trip to the land Down Under? But you are wondering how to pick the best destinations? Then you are in the right place, here you can check out some of the 50+ best things to do in Australia to add to your ultimate Australian travel bucket list. From stunning beaches with emerald sea’s to rough outback terrain and hustling and bustling cities to never-ending breathtaking National Parks and unspoiled rainforest, Australia is a country so unique and beautiful, that you must see it at least once in your life. This incredible country, however, is a whole lot bigger than most people think, and there is no way you can see everything in one trip. However, with proper planning, you can see a lot of the country’s highlights. So, if you’re planning to visit Australia for the first time and you’re unsure about where to even start or what to include into your itinerary, I’ve created a huge bucket list with more than 50 of the all-time best things to see and do in Australia.
Australia is without a doubt one of the most beautiful countries I have been too. From roughed coastlines to unique and deadly wildlife and some of the most pristine national parks I have ever seen. In October of last year, I went on an incredible road trip from Brisbane to Cairns in one of my favourite holidays to date. I saw kangaroos on the beach during sunrise, I was whales jumping out of a pristine ocean, I saw the most stars ever in my life and I snorkelled at the Great Barrier Reef from a rainforest. In this blog post, I will show you the route we took from Brisbane to Cairns in our road trip itinerary! Where I have been, what I have seen and what I have loved. If you are planning to do a similar trip, then read on. And if you love Australia and all its beauty…. Then also read on.
The Great Barrier Reef Drive, also known as the Captain Cook Highway, from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes you along some of the best coastal sights in Queensland (Australia). Including two incredible heritage listed areas! Because of this, a Cairns to Cape Tribulation road trip is a must-do when you are in the tropical far north Queensland. From spectacular views over the Coral Sea, too postcard-perfect secluded beaches, beachside villages like Port Douglas and Mossman, and crocodile spotting at the Daintree River, this road trip has it all. So check out this my Cairns to Cape Tribulation Road Trip to get the best tips possible to cruise this spectacular highway sandwiched between two World Heritage Areas. I will make sure you will see the best beaches, viewpoints and more.
The Chowder Bay to Bradley’s Head walk is an amazing short coast walk that offers incredible Sydney Harbour views, secluded beaches and a sense of bushwalking, even though you are pretty much in the city. The walk takes you through some of the best bits in Sydney Harbour National Park. Including past some interesting World War II stations, past impressive mansions and lots of typical Aussie wildlife. In this post, I will show you what amazing sights you could encounter if you would do this walk. I will give you some additional information on how to get to either Bradley’s Head or Chowder Bay, and show the nice beaches to stop at and possibly take a quick dip. Let’s dive in…