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.
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.