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A weekend in Wollongong

HerCanberra Team

A summer trip to the south coast is almost compulsory for Canberrans.

But when’s the last time you took a trip to Wollongong? Here’s your Canberra Girls’ Guide to a weekend exploring The Gong’s vibrant food and cultural scene, adventure activities and natural beauty.


9am A smokin’ breakfast

French toast - Spiced sourdough. Jamon, triple brie, roast tomatoes and walnut and cucumber labne from 3 Chimneys.

French toast: spiced sourdough, jamon, triple brie, roast tomatoes and walnut and cucumber labne from Three Chimneys. Image: Facebook.

In the heart of the CBD, Three Chimneys combines a speciality coffee roastery, sourdough bakery, cafe/restaurant, bar and live music venue. Fill up here – we’ve got a lot to get through!

Three Chimneys, 63-65 Crown St. Wollongong.

10.30am – Get your culture fix

Wollongong Art Gallery. Image: Facebook.

Wollongong Art Gallery. Image: Facebook.

Wollongong Art Gallery is one of the largest regional art museums in Australia. The Gallery has an important collection of Australian, Aboriginal and Asian art. The permanent collection not only documents Illawarra regional histories and art practices, but also reflects developments and issues in art of local, national and international relevance.

46 Burelli St, Wollongong.

12pm – Touch the sky at Illawarra Fly


The award-winning Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is one of Australia’s premier treetop walks and zip line experiences. Positioned 710 metres above sea level, the stunning panoramic views take in everything from the rainforest canopy, coastal towns and out to the Pacific Ocean. Don a full body harness, helmet and zip around the beautiful South Coast forest.

182 Knights Hill Road, Knights Hill.

2pm – Food Coma time

Humber's famous Villain Fries. Image: Facebook.

Humber’s famous Villain Fries. Image: Facebook.

Get cozy within Humber’s exposed brick walls on Crown street. The menu is filled with deliciously different dishes that are seasonally inspired and locally sourced. Highlights include Raw Muesli; Mushroom Thyme with Haloumi and Poached Eggs with Chunky Cut Leg Ham; Villain Fries or Humber’s own Cured Ocean Trout on Sonoma sourdough. Then maybe find a nice quiet spot to lie down for a bit.

226 Crown St, Wollongong.

5pm – Pre-dinner tipple

The Throsby. Image: Facebook.

The Throsby. Image: Facebook.

Tucked away on Kembla Street, The Throsby is the perfect spot to start or end a night out when  looking for a great glass of wine minus the nonsense. There are also beers on tap, boutique spirits and a snappy cocktail list.

Shop 2/88 Kembla St., Wollongong

7pm – Something a little special

Caveau. Image: Facebook.

Caveau. Image: Facebook.

Caveau has been awarded a hat by the SMH Good Food Guide every year since 2005. Using organic and locally sourced produce, Caveau embraces Nose to Tail cooking, also catering for vegans and vegetarians. This is a fine diner worth travelling for.

122-124 Keira Street, Wollongong, NSW

10pm – Find your zen

Nan Tien Temple. Image: Facebook.

Nan Tien Temple. Image: Facebook.

It’s always worth getting a good night’s sleep before a festival and there is no better place to recharge the batteries than a stay at Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Pilgrim Lodge, is open all year round and located on the grounds of the Temple. It overlooks the lotus pond, the peaceful Temple, splendid gardens, the beautiful rolling hills, and famous escarpment of the Illawarra.

180 Berkeley Road, Berkeley.


9am – Get hipster at Sifters

Sifters. Image: Facebook.

Sifters. Image: Facebook.

Pull up a milk crate, grab yourself a single origin roasters coffee, and chow down on a delicious breakfast at Sifters Café. Not unlike our own Westside Village, this café is set up in a shipping container and entirely Instagrammable.

82 Market Street, Wollongong.

10am – Catch some waves

Solo or group fun with Australian Surf Tours.

Solo or group fun with Australian Surf Tours.

Get out into the waves and learn to surf with the experienced team at Australian Surf  Tours. For those wanting to become the next Sally Fitzgibbons, book a private tour to really master your skills, or get your friends together for a group lesson ‘Blue Crush’ style.

11am – Forage for the perfect morning tea

Kick back at Foragers Market.

Kick back at Foragers Market.

Catch the train from Wollongong Central just 10 minutes north to Bulli station, where you will find the markets at the Bulli Showground. Stroll around the stalls and check out the NSW seasonal produce on offer including organic bread, gourmet treats, flowers, and artisan cheeses.

Bulli Showground, Bulli.

1pm – Lunch with a side of whale watching


No trip from Sydney to Wollongong is complete without a stop at The Scarborough Hotel. Enjoy lunch in the beautiful Seacliff Garden which boasts breathtaking views out to sea and along the coastline. Try and spot a whale as they migrate south along the NSW coast.

383 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Scarborough, NSW

3pm – Drinks at Diggies

Diggie's million dollar view. Image: Facebook.

Diggie’s million dollar view. Image: Facebook.

Diggies cafe has been serving delicious modern Australian dishes with unrivalled views of the clear blue sea since 2004. On a heritage listed site on North Wollongong Beach, Diggies and embraces a modern and stylish beachside vibe, favouring a relaxed informal dining experience. Serving di lorenzo coffee, seasonally changing breaky and lunch menu weekdays, lazy brunch options on weekends accompanied by a great wine and cocktail list.

1 Cliff Road, North Beach, Wollongong


7am – Refresh and reset

Cinnamon & Nutella or Violet Crumble donuts from lee and me.

Cinnamon & Nutella or Violet Crumble donuts from Lee and Me.

There’s time for a sneaky breakfast before heading back to Canberra (and reality). Start your day with a strong coffee at Lee and Me, a beautiful café located on the main street. Re-fuel with their delicious zucchini, haloumi and chickpea fritters; ricotta hotcakes with Nutella cream and cookie crumble, or a homemade donut.

87 Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW

For more information on where to eat, stay and play in Wollongong visit www.visitnsw.com


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  • CLJF

    I’ve dined at Diggies and can verify that the food and views make this a very worthwhile stop on your Wollongong itinerary.

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