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Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

Porto Alegre, RS
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Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

Hi

Me and my wife are from Brazil and we'll be in Australia for the first time this January. We'll be in Sydney for the most time but we'll also visit Melbourne and Lady Elliot Island (at the south of the great reef barrier).

We have a wedding to go in Wollongong so we are wondering staying around for 2 to 4 days instead of being more time in Sydney.

I guess we would appreciate a different vibe and visiting beaches, parks and see the local culture.

We would probably rent a car to do it, so we could do day trips around the area.

Does it seem like a good idea? How many days would you suggest and what activities?

From the top listed here in the TA we liked the Botanical Gardens and the Eat Street Markets.

And about day trips, what would you recommend?

Thanks!

Edited: 30 November 2016, 14:56
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Porto Alegre, RS
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1. Re: Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

About Symbio Wildlife Park / Symbio Zoo:

it seems a great opportunity to get closer to native wildlife, but we wonder how this place treats the animals.

Is it more lika a "Natural Park" in the sense that the animals are free to come and go in a natural environment or is it the kind of zoo where animals are enclosured and stressed by kids yelling at them?

We really don't approve places that exploit animals, so that is quite a big deal.

In the other hand, if the animals are well treated it could be a nice place to visit.

Their website is offline I guess. Anyway, I rather have unbiased opinions.

Thanks again!

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

Just south of Shellharbour there is a small beach called Bass Point Reserve. It was not crowded, looked like it had some good snorkelling. Good place for a picnic.

Then, of course, there's the old favourite, Kiama, a bit further south of Wollongong.

Edited: 30 November 2016, 19:10
Porto Alegre, RS
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3. Re: Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

Jack, thanks a lot for the suggestions!

We'll check them out.

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4. Re: Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

Wollongong as a base with day trips is an excellent idea if you can find accommodation. Although the city itself is not known for being a tourist destination (unfairly), it is the gateway to the south coast which is booked solid for most of the summer holidays.

Wollongong has many gorgeous beaches, with the Blue Mile from City Beach (at the bottom of Crown St, the main street) around to North Wollongong a very pleasant and scenic stroll. if you have a car, there are dozen of other beach and bush options such as:

- driving through the northern suburbs, and walking the Sea Cliff Bridge before heading into the Royal National Park

- heading south through Shellharbour and into Bass Point Reserve. Bushrangers Bay is the snorkelling spot mentioned by the PP (parking can be difficult during holidays, but the bay itself doesn't get crowded

- visiting any of the lookouts along the escarpment. There are also ring tracks at Mt Keira and Mt Kembla, and the Mt Kembla summit track is a pleasant couple of hours.

- heading south for Kiama and Gerringong (coastal), Berry (touristy) and either Jamberoo or Kangaroo Valleys. Minnamurra Rainforest near Jamberoo is a readily accessible spot, if you drive up the pass you can visit the Illawarra Fly viewing platform and perhaps head into the southern Highlands

That's just a summary - Wollongong deserves a visit

Porto Alegre, RS
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5. Re: Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

Inego, thanks for the input!

All those suggestions are things we would be willing to do.

We'll stay 4 days in the area, being the wedding on one of them, so we have a good time to explore the area and do a picnic or two.

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6. Re: Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

Wollongong is a lovely city, it's setting is very visually appealing with the escarpment to the west of the city.

Four days is perfect. There are a few hotels on the beach towards North Wollongong. On your list look at

Kiama & Berry; Jervis Bay incl. Green Patch (lots of wildlife to see here naturally); go inland to Kangaroo Valley and then up to Robertson and then to Bungonia for the gorge …nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Bungonia-Nati… ; You could also go for a walk to the beach at Otford but bring your own food an drink as there is nothing there. Really is a smart idea to stay outside of Sydney!

Getting from Sydney to Wollongong is very easy on the railway, a service at least every hour, no reservation required. Around AU$8 one way. Look up Sydney Train info

Bom viagem!

South Coast NSW
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7. Re: Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

If you have anyone travelling who likes planes, HARS is worth a visit.

http://hars.org.au/

Even if nobody likes planes a driveby is worthwhile, you can drive and park directly under the tail of a 747-400. Not many places in the world you can get so close to one. :)

Porto Alegre, RS
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8. Re: Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

Thanks andWayoutback99 and MixedNut999!

Looking forward to visit the area!

I am quite interested in planes, I will try to stop by HARS. Will need to convince my wife.

Best regards!

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9. Re: Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

Symbio is great zoo and the animals are treated extremely well with lovely natural enclosures

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10. Re: Advice for 2 to 4 days stay in January

Wollongong also has a great restaurant strip in the CBD along Corrimal Street with food ranging from middle Eastern through to the Asian staples such as Thai and Vietnamese. The beaches in the northern suburbs are also very nice. Be aware though that Wollongong is a large regional city with a manufacturing base. So as others have indicated it's not a touristy area but some parts are nice and yes it does make a good base for day trips. You might enjoy the Grand Pacific Drive (either to or from Sydney) as it goes over the famous sea cliff bridge and through the Royal National Park. Takes longer than the freeway but far more scenic! The view from Stanwell Tops down the coast on a clear day is fantastic.

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