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The seaside city of Wollongong is the third largest in New South Wales and, although it historically depended on its local coal mining industry to sustain itself, tourism is proving to be a lucrative industry in Wollongong too.  Wollongong accommodation ranges from luxury apartments to cheap hotels and everything in between.  By offering various forms of accommodation in Wollongong at different prices and plenty of fantastic sightseeing opportunities, visitors are drawn in from near and far.

Natural and outdoor Wollongong attractions

One of the most popular natural outdoor attractions is the Wollongong Botanic Gardens.  Some of the most popular displays include a rose garden, a herb garden, succulent plants and rainforest areas.  The lake in the gardens is home to various types of birds and is one of the most popular places to relax and enjoy slow walks.

There are several fantastic lookouts in the area such as Sublime Point, Bald Hill and Saddleback Mountain.  If you fancy a visit to the superb Minnamurra Falls, make your way to the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre and enjoy strolling along the elevated walkways through the trees.

The Sea Cliff Bridge, which connects the villages of Coalcliff and Clifton, is another fantastic sight worth visiting.  If you plan on picking up a rental car in Wollongong, you can make your way along this bridge as you travel on the Grand Pacific Scenic Drive to Sydney.

The Symbio Wildlife Park is a favourite among locals and visitors alike.  This park is home to all sorts of exotic animals that you would otherwise not be able to get this close to.  Suitable for all ages, visit this wildlife park and get a closer look at some Sumatran Tigers, Red Pandas, Cotton Top Tamarin monkeys and other fantastic animals.

If you enjoy biking, make sure that you try the Wollongong to Thirroul Bike Track.  The sun, sea air and wonderful views are well worth the effort.

Other things to do in Wollongong

Should the weather become somewhat unfriendly during your visit, it's always a good idea to have some indoor or undercover activities in your back pocket. 

The Science Centre and Planetarium is a great place to spend a few hours and is particularly great for the kids.  For those visiting from the northern hemisphere, this is the perfect chance to let your young ones experience the stars and constellations of the south.

The Hangtime Trampoline Park is another great indoor facility that will keep everyone active and entertained for hours.  Features of this park include various types of trampolines, a dodge ball court and a foam pit.

It's also a good idea to look up tour companies in the area before you arrive.  Check out where they are located, what they offer and make a list of prices in order to budget for all your favourite activities.  Scenic flights are often a big hit especially given the wonderful coastal views.  If you prefer spending some time in the water, you can give Stand up Paddle Boarding a try.  For those with a really adventurous nature, Bald Hill offers hand gliding and there are companies that offer skydiving to the beach as well. 

With so much to do, it's no wonder tourists spend such little time in their Wollongong hotels!