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Southern Highlands Illawarra Wollongong Shell Harbour & Kiama NSW

Wollongong is the third largest city in NSW, situated one hours drive south of Sydney on a narrow coastal plain below the Illawarra Escarpment. The city is based on heavy industry but still has a thriving tourism business as it lies between the rugged Illawarra coast with beautiful beaches, a favorite for fishermen, surfers and windsurfers as well as the Illawarra Escarpment with fantastic hills and forests, a great place for bushwalkers, rock-climbers and hang-gliders. Lookouts at Mount Keira, Stanwell Tops and Sublime Point offer fantastic views over the Illawarra.

The city's 'Green Corridor' provides a line of Council-maintained parks from Mount Keira on the escarpment, through the beautiful Botanic Garden in Keiraville, to Puckeys Estate on the beachfront. Visitors who prefer the 'city life' will not be disappointed either. Wollongong boasts a fine canopied shopping mall with modern shopping facilities and plenty of parking nearby.

The largest regional Art Gallery in Australia, a Performing Arts Centre and a historical museum are all within walking distance from the city centre.

The huge industrial complex at Port Kembla that once cast a shadow over Wollongong has recently become another tourism feature of the Illawarra area, the harbour and industrial operations of Port Kembla can be observed from a number of special vantage points throughout the complex and a regular charter boat service can take you 'close to the action'. Scenic flights over the harbour and city may also be arranged.

Lying to the south of Wollongong this pretty coastal village is a mecca for water sports. To the north Lake Illawarra, surrounded by a 25km cycleway, provides a haven for waterskiing, sailboarding, canoeing, paddleboating, fishing, and prawning.

The Marine Aquatic Reserve at Bushrangers Bay just south of the township is a favoured spot for snorkelers and scuba divers and the magnificent rainforest at Maquarie National Park is a main attraction.

Twenty minutes drive south of Wollongong this picturesque township is surrounded by rugged coastline with beautiful beaches and the famous Kiama Blowhole.The Minnamurra Rainforest, Australia's southern most accessible subtropical rainforest is just a 15 minute drive out of town.

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