Originally known as ‘North Bulli’, Austinmer is thought to have got its name from Henry Austin, a director on the board of the Illawarra Mining Company. Originally settled because of its bountiful coal reserves, by the 1900’s it had become a popular health resort among city dwelling families. It remains…
Along with neighbouring Coalcliff, Clifton sprung to life as an important coal-mining centre with both coach and railway terminals. Nestled below the dramatic escarpment, it is known for the historic Clifton School of Arts, which the Clifton community has worked tirelessly to restore and preserve as a community space.
Home to one of the last beachfront camping sites in NSW, Coledale is popular year round with campers and caravanners. Coledale Public School holds an increasingly popular market on the last Sunday of each month. This market offers a great chance to enjoy the unbelievable view from the school playground.
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Set in National Parks land, the Darkes Forest area is of special significance to the Dharawal people. Given the peace and seclusion, it is hard to believe it is only 30 minutes from the bustling centre of Wollongong. It is home to Darkes Forest Riding Ranch. Since the 1970’s, this…
Helensburgh is the Northern most suburb that marks the Northern end of the Illawarra region. Embraced by the Royal National Park to the south, and the Garrawarra State Conservation area to the west, it is an uncrowded, friendly and close-knit community. It is the proud home of the Helensburgh Thistles…
Descending into Otford Valley from either the town of Helensburgh, or the spectacular views of Lady Wakehurst Drive is like entering another world. The valley slopes support tall open Eucalypt forest and rainforest runs along the banks of the Hacking River. It is a vital wildlife corridor, and it is…
A small suburb north of Wollongong, it holds many surfing competitions and is home to the Scarborough Hotel, a popular tourist destination.
Stanwell Park is a picturesque coastal village on the Illawarra coastal strip. It lies north of Austinmer and south of the Royal National Park. It is a popular surf beach, and while it is known for unpredictable conditions, the surrounding park, bush land and kiosk make it a popular spot…
Overlooking the famous Sea Cliff Bridge and Stanwell Park Beach, Stanwell Tops has one of the most popular lookouts on the NSW South Coast. Locals and visitors come to enjoy the dramatic and spectacular views and it is also a popular spot for hang gliding.
The name Thirroul comes form either the Aboriginal word ‘Thurrural’ meaning ‘The Valley of the Cabbage Tree Palms’ or ‘Throon’ meaning bush leech. Situated approximately 13 kilometres north of Wollongong, like other towns along the Illawarra escarpment, it was settled due to the advent of coal and rail industries. It…
Unanderra is located approximately 10km south west of the Wollongong CBD, in the Mount Kembla Foothills. It is a popular residential suburb as well as having an industrial precinct. Unanderra has large commercial centres as well as several specialty stores. It has many local attractions including an old school building…
Affectionately referred to as ‘The Gong’ among locals, the Wollongong City area covers townships from Helensburgh in the north to Shell Cove in the South. It is the third largest city in New South Wales, after Sydney and Newcastle. It is a fascinating contrast of heavy industry and breathtaking natural…
Another small suburb along the picturesque Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Wombarra has a small sculpture garden, lawn bowls club, cemetery and railway station. There are also some listed B&B’s.