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The Illawarra Region is located directly south of Sydney – and is home to a string of cities and towns along the coast. These include Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama – all popular coastal holiday destinations with an array of attractions and activities that take advantage of the coastal location.


Often considered the more relaxed version of the coast north of Sydney, the Illawarra Region offers attractions like Jamberoo Action Park, Kiama blowhole, and Wollongong’s white sandy beaches.

Kiama located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, is a popular coastal town a few hours drive south of Sydney. Kiama’s most popular attractions are its al fresco cafes, beachside setting, and the blowhole – a natural rock formation that creates fountains of sea water on every wave.

Kiama Lighthouse and its surrounding park is also a popular attraction, and during weekend you will see amnd families and friends enjoying the harbour front area. Accommodation in Kiama varies from beach cabin accommodation to 4.5 star apartment hotels.

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One good value hotel option is the Sebel Harbourside Kiama offering both hotel rooms, one bedroom and two bedroom serviced apartments.

Wollongong is a harbourside city of around 300,000 popular for its beachside location and being within driving distance to Sydney of only 40 minutes. Wollongong is host to a large selection of hotels and serviced apartments many of which offer beach views.

Popular attractions include WIN Stadium hosting many sporting events throughout the year, Crown Street Mall shopping and the popular beaches and lighthouse. Skydiving at North Wollongong Beach is also a popular weekend activity for thrill seekers, and the nightlife in Wollongong is one of the liveliest outside of Sydney. 

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World Blue recommends the Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong, offering excellent 4 star serviced apartments with studio and one bedroom apartment configurations available as well as interconnecting rooms to create two bedroom apartments.

The Illawarra Region encapsulates some of the largest stretches of beaches close to Sydney. Along the F6 Freeway you will find Wollongong is only a 50 minute drive from the city and Kiama only another 30 minutes south.

Wollongong is the largest of the cities in the Illawarra and one of the largest in New South Wales with a population of almost 300,000. The area offers magnificent views from the escarpment above Wollongong and from Mt Bulli. Wollongong being a large city also hosts most corporate accommodation and businesses, as well as hosting many sports events and guests at WIN Stadium. If it is some retail therapy you are after - head to Crown St Mall where you will find Wollongongs centre of shopping and retail stores, as well as many hotels and serviced apartments to choose from.

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Wollongong offers 17 patrolled beaches, and 9 beaches with rockpools. Accommodation in the area also tends to be much more affordable that Sydney beachside accommodation, so offers an excellent value for money alternative for a family vacation.

If is is views you are after, why not also check out the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk - set in the mountains above Wollongong and offering spectacular views over the ocean, mountains and city. The views here is unsurpassed.

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