acknowledge the interesting...
acknowledge the interesting juxtaposition of exquisite geographical beauty and the fading relics of heavy primary/secondary industry. Don't shun the industrial suburbs/precincts etc. for the rainforest, mountain/escarpment, beautiful extended beaches etc of the natural environment. Wollongong is the sum of these things. I have lived in Wollongong for the last 10 years and I believe there could be no better place to live.
Visit the mall and shops
Most of the city's former main street has been closed off now and has a cascading series of fountains flowing down it and plenty of shops for you to check out.
So take a stroll through the mall and look around, take your time.
Wollongong residents really back their local teams ie. Wollongong Wolves (soccer), Wollongong Hawks (Basketball), St George Illawarra Dragons (Rugby League)...
The streets of Wollongong can be crazy after a home game of any sort...
Parking can be extremely difficult to find, even hours before a game. My hot tip is to use public transport, or if your close enough, walk. Food and beverages can be expensive in the grounds. Alcohol can not be taken into sporting venues as they conduct bag searches upon entry.
Mount Kembla walking trails
There's a mountain range that runs along adjacent to the Pacific ocean, which is only a few kilometres from the city of Wollongong.
These mountains have numerous walking trails that are mostly well maintained and marked and they are great for bushwalking through to try to keep fit and to enjoy the peacefullness of the bush.
Here I am at Mount Kembla with my son Ben on one particular Saturday afternoon.
It takes about an hour and a half to walk this trail is called the ring track which is about 3-4 kilometres long.
Old world charm
My husband Frank won an $80 gift voucher to use at this Restaurant, if it wasnt for that voucher we probably would not have eaten here, as it is about 35 k's from our house! However, the food was delicious, the atmosphere was ambient and the staff were attentive, so all in all, it was a great experience.
This Restaurant is an old farm house in Albion Park, which is about 30k's south of Wollongong. Easy to get to, but slightly out of the way, on the road that leads to Macquarie Pass and pretty much with nothing at all around it except for paddocks!!!
I would not really call this Restaurant a cheap eat out, but if you want to spoil yourself, then this is the place for you. They call themselves a Seafood and Steak Restaurant and it is licensed as well as BYO for bottled wines only.
They also cater for Christenings, Weddings, Business functions, Birthday parties, Anniversaries, Engagements and Group bookings, with the Restaurant catering for about 50 guests in total. Our meal consisted of:~
Entree of scallops wrapped in bacon
Main for me of Chicken with avocado in a cream sauce
Main for Frank of whole lemon sole
And a VB Beer for Frank with water to me.
Total cost of $84.10, so we had to pay a whole $4.10!!!
I would say a meal of a main and a drink for each would cost around $25-$35 per person.