Last weekend Wollongong hosted its annual festival of family, community, diversity, arts and culture. This festival is the highlight of year and as always it delivered. From its parade of diverse and interesting organisations and community groups, the arty markets and crafty projects for kids, funky live music, circus for kids to its funny live theatre La Petite Grande. This festival is a stunning display of everything Wollongong values and has to offer. Held annually in November at McCabe Park book it in to your calendar now for a weekend away next year
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
PLAN ONE LAST SUMMER WEEKEND AWAY 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)
TAKE A DAY ROAD TRIP 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.
PACK A PICNIC 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.
VISIT A WATER PARK 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.
EAT ICE CREAM 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.
TAKE A LONG LEISURELY BIKE RIDE 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.