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Wollongong’s pleasant climate

There is no need to swelter through the summer like those in the western suburbs of Sydney or wish, like those in Melbourne, that you were closer to perfect surf beaches.  Wollongong gives you amazing weather all year round and plenty of activities to take advantage of.

Wollongong enjoys an oceanic climate making the average summer temperature range an enjoyable 18-26°C (64.4-78.8°F) and the average winter temperature a moderate 8-17°C (46.4-62.6°F) with rainfall fairly evenly distributed throughout the seasons.

When you move your business to Wollongong you will be able to enjoy all the amazing outdoor activities on offer in an even better climate!

A dog-friendly city

We all know life is better shared with a dog. And a dog’s life is better on a beach! That’s why Wollongong is a city that allows those who call it home the ability to add a loyal member to their family and then provides ample locations to share the great outdoors together.

Some of the more popular dog beaches within Wollongong include MM Beach, Sharkey’s Beach, McCauleys Beach, Bellambi Beach and Puckey’s.

Learn more about Wollongong City Council’s Dogs on Beaches and Parks Policy, including local rules and council provided waste bin locations.

Walks and trails

All along our beautiful coastline are trails and boarded walkways to inspire and refresh you before or after work – or even during your lunch break! Many walks are located right next to the CBD including the famous Blue Mile which is an iconic and much-loved section of the Wollongong coastline and is one of the best locations to marvel at the beauty of both the Pacific Ocean and the magnificent Illawarra Escarpment.

You can enjoy the newly constructed board walk along the harbour and foreshore which is perfect for a casual walk, jog or cycle. With many seaside dining options along the way, you can stop for a coffee or delicious lunch to accompany the spectacular views and atmosphere that combine to make this a uniquely Wollongong experience.

So when you are in need of getting some fresh air or simply want to enjoy a bit of nature with family and friends without the stress of congestion and traffic, you will be happy with your choice to have moved your business to Wollongong.

Bush walking

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.

Explore the Royal National Park

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).

Beaches and pools

You will be delighted to find you can enjoy cooling off after work at 17 patrolled beaches and 9 public pools between Stanwell Park and Windang. Not only can you and your family enjoy the swim but you can experience some of the most stunning vistas in the world while doing so!

All of Wollongong’s beautiful beaches are patrolled from the start of the September school holidays until the end of the April school holidays and North Wollongong Beach is patrolled all year-round, seven days a week.

Wollongong’s free public pools

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

  • Berkeley
  • Helensburgh
  • Unanderra

Our free salt water pools are located at

  • Thirroul
  • Wollongong
  • Port Kembla.

Wollongong’s free rock pools

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.

Outdoor gyms

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:

  • Nicholson Park, Kulgoa Road, Woonona
  • WA Lang Park, Marine Drive, Wollongong
  • MM Beach, Gloucester Blvd, Port Kembla
  • Holborn Park, Holborn Street, Berkeley
  • Kanahooka Park, Lakeside Drive, Kanahooka

Learn more about Wollongong’s Outdoor Fitness Equipment.

Parks and gardens

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.

Our parks

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:

  • Stuart Park: Bottom of Cliff Road, North Wollongong
  • MacCabe Park: Church Street, Wollongong
  • WA Lang Park: Marine Drive, Wollongong
  • Rex Jackson Oval: Fletcher Street, Helensburgh
  • Bulli Park: Park Road, Bulli
  • Thomas Dalton Park: Carters Lane, Fairy Meadow
  • King George V Park: Military Road, Port Kembla
  • Fred Finch Park: Hooka Creek Road, Berkeley
  • Reed Park: Bong Bong Road, West Dapto

Wollongong Botanic Garden

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

  • A rose garden with flowers of all shapes, sizes, colours and textures
  • A rainforest collection that contains approximately 80 different species of trees and 15 different fern species indigenous to the region’s dry subtropical and cool temperate rainforests
  • The Towri Bush Tucker Garden where people of all ages can look at, pick plants and learn about their use in Aboriginal culture for food, medicine, and shelter.

Playground equipment

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.

Hiring a park for work or fun

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.

Wildlife park and zoo

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.