Wollongong is the perfect destination for beach-side adventures, especially if you’re an adrenaline junkie! Whether you’re into water sports such as surfing and paddle boarding, or fancy trying your hand at a tandem skydive, there’s plenty to get your blood pumping on your next short break!
What better way to take in the sights of Wollongong than by jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet! Sure you might be screaming too much during the 60 seconds of freefall (at roughly 200km an hour) to really be able to enjoy the view, but by the time your parachute opens and you start gliding to the ground you’ll be privy to views that only a small group of people have seen before you.
To sign up for your first tandem flight visit Skydive Sydney-Wollongong.
If you like the idea of experiencing the sights of Wollongong from the air, but aren’t too keen on the whole free-falling out of a plane side of skydiving, than tandem paragliding is for. With your body safely strapped into a seated position in front of your instructor, all it takes is a few quick steps and you’re in the air – you’ll even have an opportunity to take over the controls and experience paragliding first hand.
Head over to Adventure Plus Paragliding to book your first flight.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Gaining popularity in recent years thanks to a raft of celebrities claiming it as the source of their envious abs, Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a fun alternative to sit-ups that will let you take in your surroundings. A 15 minute drive south of Wollongong will bring you to Lake Illawara, home of JPD Surf’s Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons. The lake is far more likely to have favourable water conditions that will help SUP beginners to find their balance before taking themselves out onto the open water.
Get your Superman on with a tandem hang gliding experience over the beaches. Departing from the edge of ‘Bald Hill’, you’ll get 30 minutes of soaring time before making your way down to the beach at Stanwell Park for your landing. There’s no need to fear jumping off a cliff solo – the Sydney Hang Gliding Centre has tandem flights so you can get your first taste of the sport with an instructor by your side.
Gorgeous beaches line the coast of Wollongong, making it a surfer’s dream holiday spot. If you’re new to the sport you can sign up for lessons with Pine Surfing Academy who will teach you the basics and help you to build your confidence, so you’ll be shredding the waves like a pro in no time (or at least taking dives with more grace than when you started!).
If you’re looking for exciting adventures for groups then you can’t go past the kayak and canoe options available around Wollongong. Kayak Adventures have a number of different options available depending on your fitness levels and the amount of time you want to be out on the water. These river journeys are a great way to see some of the local wildlife, such as wombats, kangaroos and wild goats, without scaring them away.