Guide to Wollongong in Winter

Wollongong informally referred to as “The Gong”, is a seaside city in New South Wales, located south of Sydney. Don’t let the winter weather make you stay away, with plenty to do in Wollongong during this cold weather, it’s worth a visit! Stay with us at Mantra Wollongong for 3 nights and save!



Perfect for a rainy day, visit the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Admire the temple’s beautiful mix of eastern and western influences and explore the tranquil gardens and lotus ponds.

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Immerse yourself in culture this winter and explore the Wollongong Art Gallery, a leading regional art gallery. The gallery houses an important collection of Australian, Aboriginal and Asian art.

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Hire a car on a wet day and explore Wollongong and beyond on a leisurely drive on one of Australia’s spectacular touring routes. The Grand Pacific Drive begins just south of Sydney and travels through temperate rainforests then down to the famous Sea Cliff Bridge and along the coastline of Wollongong. Perfect for updating the gram’, there are multiple photo ops’ along the drive.

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Want to find somewhere warm in Wollongong this winter? Wollongong has fully embraced the small bar culture, with lots of bars lining the streets. For a pre-dinner wine or quiet chat, we recommend The Throsby. Featuring Scandi-style high stools to the hanging plants to the 53 variety-strong wine list. If whiskey is more your thing, hit the Howlin’ Wolf to sample their 100+ whisky collection.

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Hidden down an alleyway and covered in street art, Three Chimneys is a casual eatery in an epic setting. A former warehouse turned into a restaurant, bar, coffee roastery, bakery and live music venue; there is certainly something for everyone! If you’re wanting something a bit fancier, work your way through a seven-course degustation at French-inspired Caveau.

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