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If you love a short walk in the fresh air, discovering amazing locations or dream of a multi-day trek through some of the best bushwalking found in Australia, then Wollongong is the place for you! Our perfect positioning between the escarpment and the sea makes it home to endless walking trails that are ideal for beginners through to avid hikers and family groups.
The Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is right on our doorstep (you can probably see the escarpment literally from your front door) and wraps around Wollongong. The escarpment is home to beautiful sandstone cliffs, an impressive range of different forest types from subtropical rainforests to olive-green eucalypts and towering cedars. With two accessible mountains, a vast array of beautiful birdlife and strong Aboriginal heritage this is a must-explore for anyone who lives here.
While there is an almost endless amount to discover, some of the local’s favorite walks include the Sublime Point Walking Trail, Brokers Nose Summit Traverse and the Mt Kembla Summit Track.
The Royal National Park is the second oldest national park in the world and is world renowned for having some of the most amazing scenery that can be enjoyed on foot. And it is right on Wollongong’s doorstep.
If you want to break up your walk, why not take a bushwalk in spring and you can enjoy the stunning heathland wildflowers on display. In winter you can see whales from the cliffs between June and August and in summer you can take advantage of the beautiful (and patrolled) Garie Beach.
As a bushwalker you will be enjoying many great walks that hug the park’s coastline, taking you along the cliffs, beaches and escarpments ranging in distance from 1km (suggested walking time 30 minutes) to 26km (suggested walking time 2 days).
Our city also has many free public pools – yes free! If you currently live in some of Australia’s capital cities ‘free pool access’ is quite a novelty.
Our free fresh water chlorinated pools are located at
Our free salt water pools are located at
Wollongong’s rock pools are found all along the coast and are popular with early morning and evening lap swimmers and you would be very welcome to join in.
Find out more about Wollongong’s free pools including rock pools.
To help keep you and your family’s mind and body active and healthy Wollongong has installed free outdoor exercise equipment. They are situated along the Wollongong foreshore and also at other convenient locations including walking and jogging tracks. Our community enjoys staying healthy and our outdoor gyms are frequented by many in the community! It also provides newcomers with a great opportunity to meet locals.
Some of the locations our outdoor gyms are located at include:
Learn more about Wollongong’s Outdoor Fitness Equipment.
Make the most of our natural beauty and ideal climate by getting the family outdoors to enjoy the amazing and diverse scenery that surrounds one of Australia’s most liveable cities, Wollongong.
If you are a manager or business owner, have you considered including one of our parks, gardens or natural attractions as a component of your Corporate Wellness program? In, Wollongong, you will be spoilt for choice.
There are many parks along our coastline and you will find a large portion of them right next to our beaches! Our parks are often equipped with barbecue, picnic and playground facilities where the kids can run around and burn off all their energy.
Some of our vibrant city’s most loved parks are:
The Wollongong Botanic Gardens is home to an incredible variety of the Illawarra’s flora. You will be able to learn about our unique plants in a comfortable and beautiful environment.
More than 200,000 people visit and enjoy the Wollongong Botanic Garden each year and the gardens stretch over 22 hectares of natural beauty for you and the family to explore!
The Botanic Garden has over 10 collections including
Creating happy childhood memories is easy in Wollongong. Our playground equipment areas have been designed to create a safe and fun environment for all, helping kids stay active and healthy.
With plenty of different playground size and design styles throughout Wollongong, you will find yourself (and your children) spoilt for choice as to which park to go to next.
Children with a disability don’t miss out either as there is a Liberty Swing at Stuart Park. You will need a Mylak Key which can be purchased from Unanderra Home Timber and Hardware by people with a disability card. This Mylak Key also opens the disabled toilets.
If you are planning a work or personal gathering that could be made better by being held in the great outdoors, Wollongong has a range of facilities and areas for hire. Locations include the Wollongong Botanic Garden, Mount Keira Summit Park (with outstanding views), Illawarra Rhododendron Gardens and Pioneer Park. Feel free to pencil in your next Workplace Wellbeing session at one of Wollongong’s parks and gardens.
Find out more about hiring a park in Wollongong.
Did you know that Wollongong has its own internationally renowned Zoo? It is our much loved (and much visited) Symbio Wildlife Park.
You and your family can get closer than ever before to the most amazing animals from Australia and around the world – such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats, possums, cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, red pandas, meerkats, monkeys and so much more.
The facilities at Symbio include a splash park, playground, undercover picnic areas, gift shop and kiosk which offers both café and takeaway style foods all set in 16 beautiful acres of picturesque gardens.