10 free things to do in Wollongong

Leave your wallet at home for these fun adventures.

What do art galleries, hikes, rockpools, and lookouts all have in common? They’re all free! You can experience so much in the beautiful city of Wollongong without spending a cent. We’ve compiled a list of 10 free things to do in Wollongong that are perfect for couples, families or solo travellers looking for a fun day out.

Nan-Tien Temple

Did you know the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere is only 10 minutes south of the Wollongong CBD? Take your time exploring the shrines and pagoda at the Nan-Tien Temple and don’t leave without admiring the tranquil Lotus Pond. 

Sri Venkateswara Temple

If you’re in Helensburgh, be sure to check out the Sri Venkateswara Temple. It is Australia’s first Hindu Temple and is an impressive and sacred local landmark.

Wollongong Art Gallery

Regional art galleries are a great way to discover local and emerging artists. Wollongong Art Gallery is sure to inspire you with their regular rotation of art collections from Contemporary, to Aboriginal, Asian and Colonial artworks.

Cyclists taking a selfie at the iconic Bald Hill Lookout, located in Stanwell Tops.

Scenic Lookouts

Get your cameras out for this one. Wollongong has a range of panoramic lookouts, which means you can soak in the city from every angle. Our top picks are the Bald Hill Lookout, Mt Keira Lookout and the popular Sublime Point Lookout. Discover more picture-perfect views here. 

Rockpools

Feeling warm? Dip your toes into one of Wollongong’s many rockpools. Open year round and free for all, they offer a fun way to soak up vitamin-sea. You can find picturesque pools in almost every suburb along the South Coast – discover the full list here.

Beaches

If waves are more your thing, you can’t go past Wollongong’s beaches (they’re NSW’s best kept secret). You’re spoiled for choice, from Stanwell Park Beach in the north to Windang Beach in the south. Most of these spots also have a playground, BBQ benches and grassy picnic areas to keep the family entertained and happy. Discover a full list of Wollongong’s beaches here.

The Sea Cliff Bridge. Image by Destination NSW.

Sea Cliff Bridge

The Sea Cliff Bridge is an iconic landmark in Wollongong. Experience it by car or by foot (there is a sectioned off pathway for pedestrians). It’s also part of the 140km scenic Grand Pacific Drive, which spans from the Royal National Park in Loftus down to Nowra. Enjoy the panoramic views and if you’re lucky, you may even get to see migrating whales.

Kiama Blowhole

Take a day trip to Kiama and explore the legendary Kiama Blowhole. From multiple viewing areas, you’ll get to see water burst out at over 30 meters, so be sure to pack a towel!

Bushwalking 

Get your steps in by hitting some of the bushwalking trails dotted around Wollongong. Try the popular Mount Kembla Summit Track, Cascade Walk or Maddens Falls. These walks offer a variety of views and are achievable for any hiking level. Explore more tracks here.

Rotunda on the Duck Pond at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens.

Wollongong Botanic Gardens

If you love picnics and native flora and fauna, you’re in luck because the Wollongong Botanic Gardens is open seven days a week. It’s home to one of the largest rainforest collections in Australia and offers a range of fun activities such as garden workshops and tours. Watch more about the Botanic Gardens here. 

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