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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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Squeezing The Last Rays Out Of Summer


Unbelievably summer will be over in 11 days – but no need to fret do the following and you can stretch your summer days long into Autumn

With the water just warming up on the south coast and promising to stay warm until April you still have 10 weekends to get away, soak up some sun and just chill out. We recommend Serenity (it is completely true to its name)

Don’t have a whole weekend, then simply wake at the crack of dawn pack the car with snacks, music and friends and take a drive.  Stop along the way for refreshments, retail therapy and cool down swims.  Follow the coast road through the Royal National park all the way to Gerroa for a spectacular drive that is only 2 hours south of Sydney.


There is something about eating outside on a blanket under trees that just smells and feels like summer.  Go gourmet and enlist the butchers help to get beyond sausages or check out Pinterest for some serious inspiration.

Jamberoo Action Park is open until the 25th April so there is plenty of time to get soaked, slide, and slosh with family and friends. Don’t forget to take lots of awkward Instagram pics.


A proper ice cream in a cone enjoyed on the beach or with your toes in the grass can encapsulate summer in one blissful taste.  Try your ice cream with a view at the Gelato Emporium at Bulli Tops.

With kilometres of scenic track to choose from the south coast is a fantastic place to get on your bike and explore.  You can hire bikes and check out some great route suggestions at South Coast Bike Hire.



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