Around the area



Don’t leave your swimmers at home! The beautiful blue waters of the Tasman are as refreshing as they are inviting.
If you are into snorkelling or scuba diving then there are lots of things to see underwater. You can even catch a lobster for dinner! (Bag Limit of 1) If You are into surfing, Sharky Beach is the most popular and surfed beach in the vicinity with Tommo’s, Sharky’s and The Boiler providing great waves. A great location for boating with a boat ramp at the next beach south, kite surfing, hang gliding, wind surfing, bushwalking, swimming at the many rock pools ar Thirrouls saltwater Olympic Pool. Fabulous bike riding area and lots of sight seeing from the many lookouts.

Coledale Markets

These are held in the school grounds on the fourth Sunday of every month 9am – 3pm.
When you visit Coledale markets be prepared to meet the whole community there.
Coledale Public School markets are a community event where you will find music, food, unique stalls and great conversation.

Thirroul to Wollongong Bike Track

The Thirroul to Wollongong is a 15km bike track that follows the coast, starting from Thirroul and ending at Belmore Basin. You will be treated to expansive ocean views as you pass long stretches of coastline. The paved path is popular with locals, and there are a number of cafes and shops along the way if you need to take a break or grab refreshments. It’s a flat track suitable for children and beginners, and it passes a number of parks with public toilets.

Chedo’s Cafe

The blackboard menu, dangerously tempting cake cabinet and comfy rattan lounges mark it as a cafe, but chef/owner Chedo Bezbradica also opens the place up as a restaurant at night. Mediterranean flavours feature on the contemporary menu, which is dominated by local seafood.

Samuel’s Restaurant and Bar

With floor to ceiling windows and a relaxed atmosphere, the light and airy room has a light and happy vibe about it. White walls and white tables are complemented nicely by the wooden chairs and colourful paintings from local artist adorning the walls. The menu is inviting, with the rich pork belly or the seared salmon with snow peas certain to draw you into the restaurant.

Beaches Hotel

Situated in the Northern suburbs of Wollongong, The Beaches Hotel is only a few minutes drive from the bottom of Bulli Pass, in the heart of Thirroul. The Beaches Thirroul is an award winning hotel which offers a range of food & entertainment. Enjoy a meal or cold drink in the sunny open beer garden. There’s plenty on at the hotel, the highlights being the weekends that are packed full of entertainment.

Sublime Point Lookout

Sublime Point Lookout offers 180 degree views over the sea, the rainforest and the 17 beaches that span the coastline to Wollongong. Distance 850 metres – Difficulty (Hard). Walk Time Suggested – 45 minutes. This is one of the few walks that link the coastal foothills and the plateau. Few tracks ascend the escarpment because its steep terrain and high rainfall make it prone to rockfalls, landslip and erosion.

Symbio Wildlife Park

Symbio is Wollongong’s own award winning, family owned zoo, set in 16 acres of bush parkland, open every day from 9:30am – famous for providing genuine hands-on encounters with the most fascinating creatures from Australia and around the world. e entertained by daily keeper shows – crocodiles & alligators, meerkats, koalas, kangaroos, monkeys, dingos, birds of prey, snakes & reptiles, ostrich & emus, farmyard favourites and many more.

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk

The award winning Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk is one of Australia’s premier rainforest experiences. Located in the Southern Highlands, less than two hours from Sydney or Canberra, it offers a new and unique way to experience the rainforest and breathtaking views of the Illawarra Escarpment.

Ryan’s Hotel

The Ryan’s Hotel offers sensational service in a vibrant friendly atmosphere. Located in Thirroul (Wollongong’s Northern Suburbs) it is a great place to get away from the city life. Located about a 5 minute walk from Thirroul beach and close to all shops and the train station, the Ryans is a must for those who enjoy great service, sensational food, and having drinks with friends.