Where to Stay in Wollongong, New South Wales

Take a dip in the pool at Headlands Austinmer Beach and enjoy glorious coastal views
Take a dip in the pool at Headlands Austinmer Beach and enjoy glorious coastal views | Courtesy of Headlands Austinmer Beach / Expedia
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12 May 2021

Beachside Wollongong is the third largest city in New South Wales and a strong contender for the title of most photogenic. It sits south of Sydney, along the Grand Pacific Drive – a 140km (87mi) coastal stretch as scenic as the name suggests. If you’re in town, there are plenty of accommodation options from which to choose, catering to every type of traveller. Need help? Here’s where to stay in Wollongong – all bookable with Culture Trip.

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

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Novotel Wollongong Northbeach is located along the popular Blue Mile precinct of the city, close to great restaurants and many delicious local coffee haunts such as Diggie’s Cafe. Wander from Wollongong North Beach to Adrift, the pool bar at the hotel, for a watermelon frosé or two in the perennial New South Wales sun. You can even hire a private poolside cabana for the afternoon.

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Sage Hotel Wollongong

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Mere footsteps from the shores of Wollongong Beach, the Sage Hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. Those in the former category may choose to take advantage of the 13 purpose-built function areas in the hotel, while holidaymakers can explore the city on foot or head to nearby Lake Illawarra for a swim or waterskiing if the weather is right.

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Coniston Hotel Wollongong

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The Coniston Hotel has been a cornerstone of the broader Wollongong community for more than 60 years. Now, after a substantial facelift, it’s entering a new era with the aim of becoming one of the premier venues on the South Coast. The 20 stylish rooms here are a great base from which to explore the best sights in the Illawarra region, just minutes from the Wollongong CBD but away from the bustle.

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Southview Boutique Guest House

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If you’re seeking boutique accommodation in the Wollongong area, you can’t pass up Southview Boutique Guest House. The two self-contained suites available to book are part of the owner’s family home in the suburb of Bulli – 15 minutes north of Wollongong CBD and less than five minutes to idyllic Sandon Point Beach. They also offer a standard king room called the StopOver for travellers after a no-frills place to stay.

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Headlands Austinmer Beach

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Shortly after crossing the jaw-dropping Seacliff Bridge on your way down the South Coast, you’ll come to Austinmer. It’s here, nestled up on the rugged headland, that you’ll find Headlands Austinmer Beach. This modern hotel offers a variety of rooms – from studios to apartments – decorated with coastal-meets-Scandi décor. Watch the Pacific Ocean waves roll in as you enjoy a hot breakfast at their on-site restaurant, the Brasserie.

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  • Nightcap at the Charles Hotel

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    Sports enthusiasts are taken care of at the Charles Hotel, with flat-screen televisions and several projectors dotting the pub and lounge area, showing all different sporting codes – although you may have to battle locals to switch off their beloved rugby league. Nightcap at the Charles Hotel, just 2.5mi (4km) from the Wollongong CBD, also pours a large range of beers in the sun-drenched beer garden.

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    The Belmore All-Suite Hotel

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    The humble Belmore All-Suite Hotel offers 34 different rooms, from studios to serviced two-bedroom apartments, catering to all traveller preferences. It’s situated in a prime pocket of Wollongong real estate, too, within walking distance of attractions such as the WIN Sports and Entertainment Centres and the Breakwater Lighthouse, making it the perfect home base for your South Coast jaunt.

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    Best Western City Sands

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    Enjoy a hit of golf at the 18-hole course at Wollongong Golf Club before settling in for the night at their on-site hotel, the Best Western City Sands. This four-star retreat offers ocean-view rooms overlooking the fairway and others facing the lush Illawarra Escarpment – many with private balconies, so you can soak in the unbeatable vistas. Not a golfer? The hotel is just a short walk to Wollongong Beach and the central shopping district.

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    Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong

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    The Adina Apartment Hotel was designed with the modern-day traveller in mind. Situated in the centre of town, two minutes from the Illawarra Museum, its 72 dwellings are warm yet no-fuss. The one- and two-bedroom apartments are equipped with many conveniences, from a fully stocked kitchen to a separate laundry. You can also utilise the gym and pool facilities during your stay.

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