Wollongong beach in Australia
Which beach will you choose in Wollongong? Some of the most popular include Austinmer Beach and its two large rock pools. North Wollongong Beach has something for everyone, including rock pools and optimal surf conditions. Then there's Corrimal Beach, with its small lagoon for children and grassed area.
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Besides surfing, there are several other adventure activities to enjoy in Wollongong. Head west to Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, Australia's highest zipline tour. For the adrenaline junkies, choose between skydiving directly over North Wollongong Beach, or hand-glide from Bald Hill in Stanwell Park.
Nan Tien Temple is the Southern Hemisphere's largest Buddhist temple. Chinese for "Southern Paradise," this award-winning temple is an important cultural center, with multiple shrines, buildings and a museum. There are regular exhibitions, meditation classes, festivals and retreats held at Nan Tien Temple, which is also an architectural delight.
Wollongong's fine dining revolves around seafood and local game: Try fresh-caught prawns, wild boar belly, squid with salt and chili or kangaroo tartare. Cruise to Wollongong and visit a harborside restaurant for Sydney rock oysters and local lobsters steamed fresh. For breakfast, head to North Beach mainstay Diggie's for muesli with mint and watermelon or buttermilk pancakes.
For a beach and bohemian-inspired home ware or jewelry piece to remember your visit, head to Rococo Wollongong. It stocks chokers, bracelets, macrame wall art and decor made from driftwood. The Gallery Gift Shop at the Wollongong Art Gallery also has different souvenirs, such as posters, books, art journals and postcards.
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