Karly’s guidebook. Recommendations and More!

Karly
Karly’s guidebook. Recommendations and More!

Our Favourite Picnic Spots

Beautiful Gardens with a gorgeous duck pond. Picnic tables available and ideal for a small walk. Open Tuesdays, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. Its is ran by local volunteers so a parking donation is appreciated.
This is a family favourite picnic location. A beautiful hidden garden, 3 min drive from our home.
Rhododendron Park
This is a family favourite picnic location. A beautiful hidden garden, 3 min drive from our home.
We just love this park! Just a 5 min drive up the highway and this tranquil natural beauty awaits. Myriads of native plants as well as exotic plants from around the world. Fabulous for a family picnic, walk and there's even a large play park with sand pit for the children.
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Wollongong Botanic Gardens
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We just love this park! Just a 5 min drive up the highway and this tranquil natural beauty awaits. Myriads of native plants as well as exotic plants from around the world. Fabulous for a family picnic, walk and there's even a large play park with sand pit for the children.

Beaches

Great beach to visit especially if you are have kids. Fish and Chip shop on the way (Fishnets, 114 Pioneer Rd), large park small and bigger kids. beach pools and great beach. Plenty of parking.
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Towradgi Beach
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Great beach to visit especially if you are have kids. Fish and Chip shop on the way (Fishnets, 114 Pioneer Rd), large park small and bigger kids. beach pools and great beach. Plenty of parking.
This is the closest and most local beach, although you can get to most beaches north and south of Fairy Meadow by either walking or riding your bike along the bike track. If you have your pooch with you, this is an on leash beach but connects to Puckeys Beach which is an off leash area.
Fairy Meadow Beach
This is the closest and most local beach, although you can get to most beaches north and south of Fairy Meadow by either walking or riding your bike along the bike track. If you have your pooch with you, this is an on leash beach but connects to Puckeys Beach which is an off leash area.
Ideal for families, North Wollongong Beach has rock pools, wading areas and good surf. There is plenty of grass, shade, and picnic booths plus a children's playground is close by in Stuart Park and shops, cafes and amenities are provided, parking is free.
North Beach
Ideal for families, North Wollongong Beach has rock pools, wading areas and good surf. There is plenty of grass, shade, and picnic booths plus a children's playground is close by in Stuart Park and shops, cafes and amenities are provided, parking is free.

Day Trips

Every so often, nature likes to show off, and Kiama Blowhole is the perfect place to see it. Kiama's famous Blowhole is the largest in the world, and when the swell is running from the southeast, you're in for a real treat. The 2.5 metres opening in the rock face has had its plumes of water recorded at heights of over 30 metres! While you are here there are some great cafes and fish and chips to enjoy in Kiama.
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Kiama Blowhole
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Every so often, nature likes to show off, and Kiama Blowhole is the perfect place to see it. Kiama's famous Blowhole is the largest in the world, and when the swell is running from the southeast, you're in for a real treat. The 2.5 metres opening in the rock face has had its plumes of water recorded at heights of over 30 metres! While you are here there are some great cafes and fish and chips to enjoy in Kiama.
Beautiful Rainforest walk. Even better to visit when its actually raining. Family friendly. Hear the loud tumbling water, sound of the birds whilst admiring the many various rainforest trees and Plants. Parking fee required.
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Minnamurra Rainforest Centre
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Beautiful Rainforest walk. Even better to visit when its actually raining. Family friendly. Hear the loud tumbling water, sound of the birds whilst admiring the many various rainforest trees and Plants. Parking fee required.
Kiama's coastline is broken significantly twice - at its northern and southern boarders. In the north, Minnamurra River does the honours - a popular swimming spot and home to kayakers, paddle boarders, fishermen and more, enjoying its sandy shores and tidal personality. The entrance of the river is characterised by an offshore island, named Rangoon Island, after an 1870 shipwreck just offshore.
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Minnamurra River
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Kiama's coastline is broken significantly twice - at its northern and southern boarders. In the north, Minnamurra River does the honours - a popular swimming spot and home to kayakers, paddle boarders, fishermen and more, enjoying its sandy shores and tidal personality. The entrance of the river is characterised by an offshore island, named Rangoon Island, after an 1870 shipwreck just offshore.

Kids and Adventure

If you like Water Parks this is a must visit for a full day of Fun. About 40mins drive south, but definitely worth the drive!
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Jamberoo Action Park
1215 Jamberoo Rd
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If you like Water Parks this is a must visit for a full day of Fun. About 40mins drive south, but definitely worth the drive!
Inspire their imagination and curiosity at Australia’s first dedicated hands-on children’s museum – perfect for children (birth – 10 years) and adults to enjoy together. https://www.earlystartdiscoveryspace.edu.au/
Discovery centre
Inspire their imagination and curiosity at Australia’s first dedicated hands-on children’s museum – perfect for children (birth – 10 years) and adults to enjoy together. https://www.earlystartdiscoveryspace.edu.au/
Science Space is home to Australia's most digitally advanced Planetarium, over 90 interactive exhibits and so much more. https://sciencespace.com.au/
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Science Space
60 Squires Way
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Science Space is home to Australia's most digitally advanced Planetarium, over 90 interactive exhibits and so much more. https://sciencespace.com.au/
Free fun to be had for the MTB enthusiast! This is a great family fun day. open sunrise till sunset. If you also have younger children that can't yet ride there is an awesome fence playpark that will keep them occupied. https://wollongong.nsw.gov.au/about/parking-transport/cycling/cringila-hills-mountain-bike-park
Cringila Hills Mountain Bike Park
Free fun to be had for the MTB enthusiast! This is a great family fun day. open sunrise till sunset. If you also have younger children that can't yet ride there is an awesome fence playpark that will keep them occupied. https://wollongong.nsw.gov.au/about/parking-transport/cycling/cringila-hills-mountain-bike-park

Restaurants

Our Favourite Italian Restaurant. Great food, wine and service. Atmosphere is 10/10 and reasonable pricing. Pram friendly.
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Kneading Ruby
5 Crown Ln
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Our Favourite Italian Restaurant. Great food, wine and service. Atmosphere is 10/10 and reasonable pricing. Pram friendly.
Our Favourite Lebanese restaurant. family friendly, pram friendly.
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Samaras Restaurant Wollongong
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Our Favourite Lebanese restaurant. family friendly, pram friendly.
Dinning right on the beach. Enjoy the view and sound of the waves as you enjoy your woodfired pizza for dinner. Breakfast here is great on a weekend. With all day dinning on the weekend the menu will not disappoint. Wednesdays — Fridays 05.30PM to 09.30PM Saturdays — Sundays All-Day Dining 11.30AM to 09.30PM
Northbeach Pavilion Pizza Restaurant, Bar & Kiosk
5 Cliff Road
Dinning right on the beach. Enjoy the view and sound of the waves as you enjoy your woodfired pizza for dinner. Breakfast here is great on a weekend. With all day dinning on the weekend the menu will not disappoint. Wednesdays — Fridays 05.30PM to 09.30PM Saturdays — Sundays All-Day Dining 11.30AM to 09.30PM

Favourite Cafes ( Pram Friendly)

This cafe is hidden in a little ally in the centre of Wollongong. Initially this treasure of a cafe may not catch your eye, but hands down does the BEST breakfasts in Wollongong. Family friendly, pram friendly.
Fat Cat Kitchen
81 Church Street
This cafe is hidden in a little ally in the centre of Wollongong. Initially this treasure of a cafe may not catch your eye, but hands down does the BEST breakfasts in Wollongong. Family friendly, pram friendly.
If you have just had fun at the blow hole and fancy a coffee or even a nice dine in lunch with a glass of wine, this is you place! Great atmosphere and location.
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Diggies Kiama
1 Blowhole Point road
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If you have just had fun at the blow hole and fancy a coffee or even a nice dine in lunch with a glass of wine, this is you place! Great atmosphere and location.

Bush Walks and Tracks

Mount Keira Ring track is a 5.5km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.Circling Mount Keira in an engaging loop, the ring track is a terrific setting for a casual hike or an energetic run. Expect to encounter a lush parade of forests and terrain, from cool sub-tropical bush to lofty red cedars and rocky outcrops. Catbirds call in the rainforest as you trace the old route of an early colonial road. You can join the track just 3 mins up the road via Parrish Avenue.
Mount Keira Ring Track
Mount Keira Ring track is a 5.5km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.Circling Mount Keira in an engaging loop, the ring track is a terrific setting for a casual hike or an energetic run. Expect to encounter a lush parade of forests and terrain, from cool sub-tropical bush to lofty red cedars and rocky outcrops. Catbirds call in the rainforest as you trace the old route of an early colonial road. You can join the track just 3 mins up the road via Parrish Avenue.
Located at the top of the Illawarra escarpment, it is a significant Aboriginal cultural heritage site. You can enjoy awe-inspiring views over Wollongong from the lookouts and explore multiple bushwalking tracks.
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Mount Keira Lookout
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Located at the top of the Illawarra escarpment, it is a significant Aboriginal cultural heritage site. You can enjoy awe-inspiring views over Wollongong from the lookouts and explore multiple bushwalking tracks.
This is a fabulous lookout. You can simply drive to the top and admire the view...or take the route of most resistance and walk or should I say climb) the track to the top. Its magnificent. Not for the faint hearted but definitely worth the steps. Cafe and a cold beer at the top as a reward:) Too tricky for young children to climb.
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Sublime Point Lookout
661 Princes Hwy
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This is a fabulous lookout. You can simply drive to the top and admire the view...or take the route of most resistance and walk or should I say climb) the track to the top. Its magnificent. Not for the faint hearted but definitely worth the steps. Cafe and a cold beer at the top as a reward:) Too tricky for young children to climb.