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5 Things To Book Before You Hit The Wollongong Coast

Wollongong Activities to Book ahead of Time

Okay so you have have booked the perfect Wollongong coastal holiday, organised time off work with a rough plan of relaxing and getting away. The temptation is to leave the rest to chance and make it up when you get here.  That is a perfectly good plan if you intend on laying on the beach and not much else but in my experience relaxing often entails eating out at a great restaurant, getting a massage or a facial or doing something new and unique. Below is my list of ideas that should be booked to get the best from the Wollongong coast;

  1. Massage
    A good masseuse or beautician is as rare as hens teeth and when us locals find someone good we get in early and book our dates in. For a fantastic peaceful and relaxing massage look no further than Touch of Thai in Thirroul the setting is tranquil and the service is bliss.  If you have months of stress in your back and shoulders and need a good remedial pounding then BaiMed is your go to.
  2. Facials
    If you are well prepared then you may be able to nab a session at the ibah Austinmer spa it is booked 3 months in advance but if you miss a spot there you might be able to book into their Thirroul Spa.  In Woonona Face It has a great reputation for high quality facials and you can’t go past the Novetel’s Spa in Wollongong it is ideal if you want to go for cheeky drink post facial.
  3. Entertainment
    Wollongong has the fantastic Ipac theatre which hosts both regional and travelling shows – be sure to book ahead as the theatre has a strong subscription and local following.  Good live music can be found at the Heritage Hotel in Bulli, Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul or the Towradgi Beach Hotel.
  4. Restaurants
    Most restaurants in the area can handle walk-in diners however there are few special ones where you will want to reserve a table.  Use the power of the internet restaurant reviews to narrow down your favourite and book in for a great table at a reasonable hour. Wollongong Best Restaurants – Trip Advisor. 18 Eateries to Try in Wollongong. Dining in Thirroul.  Our current favourites are Lupa, Babyface, The North Beach Pavilion in Wollongong. Honest Don’s, Bread and Espresso, The Postman’s Quarters in Thirroul. All and Sundry in Woonona and Frank n Beans, and Table 426 in Corrimal.
  5. Something Quirky
    For something a little off beat you could book in a Skydive, Hang gliding, Motorbike tour, Illawarra Fly, a mad spin class at Blue Athletic , mediation class at Nan Tien Temple, surf lesson, Sunset cinema at the Botanic gardens, a stroll through the Wombarra sculpture gardens and the list goes on.

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5 Ways To Rock The Foragers Market


Every Sunday the northern suburbs of the Illawarra wakes up to the Foragers Market at the Bulli Showground a wonderful coming together of food, family, friends, artisans, producers and of course good coffee.  Started in 2014 it has grown to become the hippest place to hang on a Sunday.  If you are only in town for short while follow my tips to get the most out of the market;

Get In Early

Breakfast At the Markets

The market only runs from 9am – 2pm so it gets rocking early.  Get yourself a great park and plan to have breakfast onsite there is a delicious array of food that is ready to eat and fresh, fragrant coffee. They sometimes collect a gold coin donation for local charities for parking so take your spare change.

Pack Cash, Camera and a Carry all


There is an ATM on site but taking a bit of cash will get you started and avoid those pesky fees. The founder Kirrily has created a magical wonderland with lights strung up, music, baskets, flowers, retro furniture, sweet signs and play areas for the kids – you will want to Instagram everything so go prepared.  The lovely lady also provides an array of baskets for use at the markets so help yourself at the front or take your own to get into the vibe.

Cool Off and use the Cool Room


The left hand side of the markets have all the fruit, vegetables and staples like bread and gourmet butter while the right has food that is ready to eat mixed in with sweets, honey and sauces.  There is a lady who sells locally made honey from hives she has all around the Illawarra, a gentlemen that sells Irish flat soda bread which is delicious and an Organic farm that has amazing mushrooms and fresh eggs to name just a few. Do your weekly shop and stock it in their cool room so you can wander with your hands free. I always save a punnet of strawberries, blueberries or even mulberries for Ariah Blue to devour at the markets.

Budget for Something Quirky

Quirky_FunBesides an enticing array of food the market also offers services that are a bit of fun. Get your hair trimmed, your tarot cards read, buy some retro Tupperware, or play with some gorgeous animals in the petting zoo.  With several areas to sit and relax, two play areas for kids complete with toys, tents and games, live music, food and drinks – the market is a full day of fun and finishes just in time for an afternoon siesta.

Talk to Strangers

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The friendliness of this market is obvious from beginning to end so take its cue.  The stall holders are lovely and just want to tell you all about their products, the area and their passion for the local community.  The grass areas with picnic rugs are a great place to strike up a conversion with fellow marketers – ask for food recommendations or if they a local and go from there.  Huddle with other parents in the kids play areas (kids provide an endless topic of conversation). Or just kick back and enjoy the sunshine and some tunes by local performers.

Where: Bulli Showground Grevillea Park Road, Bulli NSW
When: Farmers market every Sunday from 9am to 2pm.
Farmers and Artisans market every 2nd Sunday.
Farmers and Vintage markets 4th Sunday of the month.
Cost: As little or as much as you want to spend
Bring: Cloth bags or a basket, a hat/sunscreen





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