Sea Cliff Bridge
This Bridge has become a hotspot for tourists to Wollongong, and also for locals like myself! It is amazing, to say the least. It is an off-shore bridge that runs parallel to the coast .... sounds spectacular doesnt it!!! Well yes ... it is!!!
Sea Cliff Bridge was opened on December 11th, 2005 at a total cost of AUD$52 million. The bridge itself has road, pedestrian and cycleway access for its entire length of 665 metres, with spectacular and amazing views of the escarptment, coastline and of course, the bridge itself.
The bridge was constructed after Lawrence Hargraeve Drive was closed between Clifton and Coalcliff after severe rockslides on the old road. Rockslides were common on this road, making it rather dangerous, but also closed regularly creating frustrating diversions for locals.
The bridge is approximately 60kms south of Sydney and 23kms north of Wollongong, and close to Royal National Park.
Nan Tien Temple
On the south side of Wollongong is the largest Buddhist temple on the southern hemosphere. The temple which is also known as the "Southern Paradise" is open to the public 9 am - 5 pm Tue-Sun and Public Holidays. I went here in 2003, recomended :)Related to:
- Religious Travel
Visit Nan Tien Temple
This is a very large Chinese Buddhist temple complex, and in fact it is the largest in the southern hemisphere.
There are three large shrines here:
The main shrine,the great mercy hall and the pagoda.
There is also a meditation hall,a museum and gift shop a restaurant, a tea room,conference room, lotus pond and garden and a information centre.
Accommodation is also available there at the pilgrims lodge.
I'm not Buddhist ,but there is definitely a atmosphere of calm and peace here and I like to visit this place before I fly anywhere. ;-)Related to:
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
- Religious Travel
Belmore Basin and harbour
A walk around the beaches and harbour area is a great thing to do in Wollongong.
There is a combination cycleway and walk-track that starts at the harbour and follows the coast 14km's north.
Belmore Basin itself has barbecue and picnic facilities, restaurants and
playgrounds and a fish market.
All of which overlooks the picturesque harbour.
Belmore Basin is studded with lighthouses and Norfolk Island Pines and flanked by golden surfing beaches.
Belmore basin is home to a large fishing fleet as well as attracting plenty of
- Water Sports
Symbio Wildlife Gardens
Symbio Wildlife Gardens, is about half an hour North from Wollongong.
There you can visit all the Australian Native animals. Cuddle a Koala, Feed the Kangaroos etc. I hear they have some very exciting new exhibits. I havent been in a while, and should make an effort to go.
Tickets are $17.
Visit the Nan Tien Temple
Located on the crest of a hill, the Nan Tien Temple is an Oriental crown on Australia's western landcape. Nan Tien is the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.
It is one of the branch temples of Fo Guang Shan, founded in 1965 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, which has over 120 branches worldwide. "Nan Tien" in Chinese, literally means "Paradise of the South".
Just south of Wollongong at Berkeley, on the NSW South Coast, the Buddhist temple comprises a number of sections, including a pagoda, pilgrim lodge, shrines, auditorium and dining hall.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Explore the Breakwall
The breakwall near the smaller old Lighthouse is a popular place for people to fish from. Its also quite popular in summer when the waves are big and come crashing over it ... a past-time now known as "wave-standing" (my daughter thinks she made this one up!!!) Overall, its just a nice place to walk along, to chill, especially on a summers day.
Wander around the Harbour
Theres always plenty to do down around Wollongong Harbour, even on a cold winters day. Its a nice easy walk from Flagstaff Hill, down around the harbour, Belmore Basin and then along the bike track to North Beach.
Illawarra Fly treetop walk and cafe
This is a relatively new attraction in the Illawarra. It is located at Knights Hill, about 10 minutes drive from Robertson, about an hours drive from Wollongong and about 90-120 minutes drive from Sydney. Enjoy the elevated walk 25 metres above the tree canopy with panoramic views of the escarpment. It is open 9am-5pm 7 days a week.
Whilst the views are simply breath-taking and the unique experience of walking high up in the tree tops on an open-grated pathway is fun, I dont particularly think this is a cheap outing for the family. I would actually describe it as an expensive look-out, but still something rather unique and a great place for visitors to experience. We were lucky that Frank had won a family pass on the radio, so we got to experience this walk for FREE. We also stopped and had lunch at their Cafe which was quite delicious, but once again slightly over-priced. We just had a bowl of wedges and some salt 'n' pepper squid and it cost about $23.
Now for some statistics if you are interested : ~
Work commenced in September 2007 and was completed in February 2008
There are 10 support Towers
Each span between the towers is 40 metres long
Each tower has 3 support cables for stability
Approximately 400m2 of concrete was used for the footings
Entry prices are as follows : ~
Family pass for 2 adults and 2 children $55.00
Nan Tien Budhist Temple
The Nan Tien Temple is the largest Budhist temple in the southern hemispere. It is very beautiful and serene to wander around and look at the museum, temples and buildings. My favourite thing was all the really cute baby Buddha statues around the gardens. There are also many work shops lectures and retreats if you are interested in learning more about Budhism.
It is free to enter Tuesday to Sunday - it is closed Monday. There is a $9 vegetarian buffet which is quite popular, but I am told you need to get there early before it runs out.Related to:
- Road Trip
Illawara fly tree top walk
The Illawara fly walk is a large metal walk way in the tree tops overlooking the Illawara escarpment. A nice day trip, it has fantastic veiws and is an interesting engineering feat, but is it worth the $22 entrance fee I am not so sure it only take about 1/2 hour to get around it.
The restaruant at the entrance is a bit expensive, a better idea is the Robertson pie shop just to the north which has a fantastic range of savoury and sweet treats. The drive up the escarpment is very windy and picturesque.Related to:
- Road Trip
Sea Cliff Bridge
Sea Cliff Bridge forms part of the Grand Pacific Drive between sydney and wollongong. It has great veiws over the water. An interesting thing about it is all the padlocks locked along the railings engraved with the names of loved ones.Related to:
- Road Trip
Snorkelling off Port Beach #2
Frank took a lot of pics yesterday, so I recon there are at least 5 others worthing of a viewing!
He said there were lots of kids jumping of the rocks, even a few guys spear-fishing near him and some others snorkeling.
Snorkelling off Port Beach
Frank had fun with a cheap snorkel set and our new underwater camera - a bargain buy from Aldi for only $139!!!
Here are a few of his first shots taken just off the rocks near Port Kembla Beach on 10/1/10- pretty good amateur shots I recon!
South Beach - Wollongong
If you live in Wollongong and you love to frequent the beach in Summer, you will usually either be loyal to "North Beach" or "South Beach" and that is where you will be found all summer long!
My kids have usually been keen on South Beach, as is my hubby now. South Beach is only about a 10 minute drive from our home and its located just south of Belmore Basin, whereas North is just north of Belmore Basin. My hubby recons the waves are pretty good at South, but not quite as good as Port! He quite simply judges a beach on its waves, as he loves to bodyboard.
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