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    Mt. Keira Ring Track Bushwalk

    by lindyz Written Jun 25, 2013

    Ive lived here for 28 years with this gorgeous bushwalk at my feet and have never done it up until about a month ago. Its a relatively easy track. It took Leigh and I about 2 hours to do it I think its about 4km long. Stunning scenery and a well established track as well, perfect for all fitness levels.

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    Mt. Keira Lookout

    by lindyz Written Jun 25, 2013

    What an amazing viewpoint to see the whole coastal region of the Illawarra from. And only about a 15 minute drive from my place. Sadly Mt. Keira lookout was closed for many months recently as it needed major work done to it, community groups pitched it and got it back up to scratch again. Leigh and I visited about a month ago.

    Enjoy our photos :)

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  • Skydive the Beach

    by missbrookegee Written Jun 18, 2013

    Amazing! One of the best experiences of my life. Everyone must experience skydiving once and I would highly recommend this company.
    The views over Wollongong and Sydney are stunning and something you will remember forever.
    The staff at Skydive the Beach were great and my tandem instructor (Wade) made me feel safe and relaxed the whole time. The rush of skydiving you can't explain in words, you just have to do it!
    Skydive the Beach - I will be back for my next jump soon!

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    by missbrookegee Written Jun 18, 2013

    Amazing! One of the best experiences of my life. Everyone must experience skydiving once and I would highly recommend this company.
    The views over Wollongong and Sydney are stunning and something you will remember forever.
    The staff at Skydive the Beach were great and my tandem instructor (Wade) made me feel safe and relaxed the whole time. The rush of skydiving you can't explain in words, you just have to do it!
    Skydive the Beach - I will be back for my next jump soon!

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    Symbio Zoo

    by Josilver Written Mar 2, 2013

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    Located just south of Sydney on Lawrence Hargrave Drive.

    I have driven past here several times on the way to the Royal National Park and Sea Cliff bridge but had never been so I thought we should give it a go. Unfortunately it was pouring rain today so we didnt see it at its best. They have several breeds of rare monkeys and a pair of tigers. Most of the animals are Australian natives and they have lots of Koalas that you can get really up close to. You can also feed the kangaroos and farm animals, I think small kids would like it. All the enclosures and ponds are really clean and the animals look really well looked after. They are building a lot of new enclosures so I think it will improve even more in the future.

    Pros: really good for getting up close with Koalas
    Cons: Not as many animals as I was expecting, a bit expensive ($26 p adult)

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    campers of the early days

    by globetrott Written Mar 14, 2012

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    This part of the museum was a surprise for me as well and I think it was really interesting to see what the early campers and motorhomes looked like. The windows and the doors of that campingtrailer were open, so you could take a look inside and see it in all fine details.

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    tiny cars after WW II

    by globetrott Written Mar 14, 2012

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    I was really surprised to see these tiny cars as well in the car-collection of Wollongong. After WW II most of the cars were built much smaller, people could not afford such big cars anymore and so tiny cars like the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller were constructed and many details of this car will show you that the construction was made by people who were used to build airplanes : there is no sterring-wheel and you also step into the car like in an airplane of that time...
    That red car in my pics is a Zeta Sport.

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    the HARS-museum of vintage airplanes

    by globetrott Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    This museum is another great collection for all friends of technical museums: The HARS (Historic Aviation Restoration Society)-collection of airplanes and most of these airplanes are even still able to fly or are under repair or restoration in order to be able to fly some day soon.
    Unfortunately you can visit this collection only as a guided tour, BUT they do it even for a single person like me and even, when you get there just about 30 min before they are closing. In similar situations other museums would have told me to come back tomorrow.
    You will be able to enter some of the airplanes as well !
    An ordinary tour will take about 1 hour or even more and there is no extra charge for it, you just pay the entrancefee !
    The museum is open:
    Monday – Sunday: 09:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Entrance fees: adults 15 AUS / children: 5 AUS / Family: $25.00

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    some great vintage-trucks as well

    by globetrott Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    There are some interesting vintage-trucks, a great car of the firebrigades and even some old buses as well in the car-collection of Wollongong, take a look at my pictures here or in my travelogues !
    Once that you have found this museum you will need about 1-2 hours in order to be able to explore all exhibits there ! The Paul Butler Collection of vinatge cars is also shown here in that museum !

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    a nice collection of car-accessories

    by globetrott Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    a nice collection of car-accessories is also on display in that car-museum like old filling-stations and many other exhibits that you can partly see in my pictures here or in the travelogues !
    Woolongong was my favorite car-museum in NSW, because most of the cars here were displayed with more space around of them than for instance in the car-museum of Inverell, that had a lot more cars, but all crammed into quite a small hall.

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    a wonderfull Car-collection

    by globetrott Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    In Wollongon you will find one of the best Car-collections that I found in NSW.The only problem is the fact that the adress is called Wollongong, but in reality you have to drive 20km before you get there from the town of Wollongong. But it was worth all of that trouble, see my pictures here and a lot more in my travelogues !

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    The Nan Tien Temple

    by globetrott Written Mar 13, 2012

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    This temple is also not far from Wollongong and it is open for all visitors as well. So you can drive there with your car, park it inside a wide area of parks and take a walk through the temple-area. There are only a very few rooms that cannot be visited by tourists.

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    HAVE A SWIM AT NORTH BEACH

    by DennyP Updated Feb 24, 2012

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    Woolongong is a great place if you want to go to the beach for the day...There are a choice of two large Beaches ..I choose North Beach today. North Beach is a hugely long beach and must be kilometers long..But like ALL Australian Swimming and surf beaches they are patroled by life savers.
    Everyday certain areas of the beach are marked out by yellow/red safety flags. These swim areas that are marked by flags are the only areas on the beach to swim.. Other areas are for surfers and wave skiers Also take note of ANY safety signs that maybe placed on the beach for your safety.
    There is a lot of reconstruction going on alson the seafront in Woolongong and the beaches are getting new change and shower buildings along with many other ammenities..These will be absolutely wonderful for local residents when construction is completed.

    When swimming always be aware of your surroundings!
    Always swim between the flags
    No glass bottles on the beach.
    Take notice of safety signs..
    No smoking on the beach.

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    TAKE A LEISURLEY WALK ALONG THE SEAFRONT

    by DennyP Written Feb 24, 2012

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    . The walk along the seafront in Woolongong City is a must. The assault of the sea air on you nostrils along with the smell of seaweed and salt water and fresh seabreeze really tell you where you are. The many lovely lawned areas are popular with local Mums and their kids in the shade of lovely big trees.

    You will see at the moment that there is a lot of activity in construction as the whole seafront gets a makeover lots of hoarding and safety fencing while the workers are renovating and rebuilding... The local City Council must be commended for what they are doing, as when this area of recreation for the locals is finished it is going to be the envy of many seaside locations.
    To the North is as the name suggests North Beach which runs down to the entrance of a breakwater with its huge rocks piled togeather to try and thwart Mother nature when she is angry..There also are many Cafes and small restuarants in great locations to enjoy the ambience.

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    Weekend Meditation Retreat

    by lindyz Written Apr 11, 2011

    Whatever your reasons and motivation are, I do believe that everyone can benefit from doing this weekend retreat, if only to escape reality for a few days! I will say though that I think more can be obtained from it, if you do it by yourself. While its fun to do things with friends, part of this retreat is partaking in noble silence, and that can often be difficult to do when you are around friends .... it certainly was for us!!!

    THE RETREAT:
    The weekend meditation retreats are usually held monthly and run from 9.00am Saturday until 1.00pm Sunday. They also run one day retreats and separate meditation and tai chi classes. I had done this retreat once before and thoroughly enjoyed the escapism aspect of it. This time, I did it with the same 2 friends, plus another friend and a friends daughter, so there were 5 of us in total.

    Accommodation is included in your cost for the retreat. For 3 people in a room, cost was $140 each person, for 2 people in a room, cost was $150 per person. This cost includes your overnight accommodation, all your meals (vegetarian) and all your meditation classes, so I believe it represents very good value for money.

    Over the 2 days, the whole thing is very structured, not only in relation to observing noble silence while in the temple grounds, but also down to the fact that the Reverend Yo made sure all our shoes were in a perfect line when we took them off! Im not too fond of the strictness of the retreat in this way, I love the meditation classes lots, but would prefer less strtucture, and I definitely failed at observing noble silence! Silence must also be observed while you are eating in the dining room, and this was possibly the most difficult, having been raised that meal times are a time of family discussion. It also proved difficult in that if you did not know what the food was, you could not ask! Buddhists adhere to a no waste policy also, so once you take something on your plate, you MUST eat it!!! Even if you dont like the taste of it.

    The food provided is 100% vegetarian and is based on rice, tofu, bean curds and vegetables, with breakfast being the nicest meal we had I think! Lunch and dinner were rice, vegetables and tofu or some kind of bean curd, which Ashely said tasted like deep fried lip balm!!!! Breakfast was tea and coffee, hash browns, baked beans, vegetables, yogurt, and toast.

    The meditation aspect of the weekend includes many types of meditation, including walking meditation, sitting meditation, tai chi, morning chanting and the drum and bell ceremony. I think we all enjoyed the sitting meditation the most, although did find it difficult not to fall asleep and fall over!!!

    THE NAN TIEN TEMPLE:
    The Nan Tien Temple is the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern hemisphere. It is situated in Berkeley which is about a 10 minute drive from central Wollongong, surrounded by lush gardens and only a few minutes walk to the Pilgrim Lodge accommodation. It is open daily from 9am-5pm apart from Mondays. They provide vegetarian meals at the temple also. The Temple itself consists of the Main Shrine, Great Compassion Hall, the Pagoda, Harmony Room, Museum and gift shop, Auditorium and conference room, Meditation Hall and Dining Halls.

    There is a dress code for visitors including no shorts, singlets or thongs. Admission is free. You must remove your shoes and hats before entering any of the shrines. No smoking is allowed within the Temple grounds at all, or at the Pilgrim Lodge.

    The Temple is a lovely place just to visit for an hour or so, to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to sit by the lotus pond, or just relax in the Temple grounds and gardens.

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