Ultimate Adventure Weekend in Wollongong

Jennah-Louise Salkeld (front) won a weekend adventure in Wollongong as part of a Destination Wollongong campaign. Her friends Blake Northfield, Sally Bird and Lisa Bullen shared the experience. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Jennah-Louise Salkeld (front) won a weekend adventure in Wollongong as part of a Destination Wollongong campaign. Her friends Blake Northfield, Sally Bird and Lisa Bullen shared the experience. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Wollongong's growing reputation as an adventure hot spot was on show during the weekend, as a group of Sydney friends were shown why the city is still a cool place to visit when it's cold.

In a bid to show Wollongong was more than a beachy, summer-holiday town, Destination Wollongong offered up The Ultimate Adventure Weekend through an online competition.

Cronulla thrillseeker, Jennah-Louise Salkeld won the prize, which included skydiving, trike riding, taking to the skies in a biplane and seeing the coast and escarpment on Harleys and in Porches with three friends.

Ms Salkeld described her experiences as "absolutely next level".

"It's going to be hard to top that day, that's for sure," she said.

"I got out of the biplane and said 'that was the best thing I've ever done but I think I'm going to vomit' - I would totally do it again."

When the sun went down, the four friends were encouraged to explore the city's small bar scene.

Ms Salkeld said she was planning a return to further explore the nightlife, naming the recently opened Three Chimneys as a favourite spot.

Destination Wollongong's brand and marketing manager, Tabitha Galvin, said the promotion aimed to highlight that the region was not just a warm-weather destination.

"We wanted to show that Wollongong was somewhere that people could come in the winter months," Ms Galvin said. "That it's not just a summer destination. Obviously, we find that our visitation is higher during those warmer months. We thought there was a chance to start a campaign that highlights the things there are to do in Wollongong over those cooler months."

She said Sydneysiders may not realise so many adventure activities were available in Wollongong - and in close proximity to each other.

"The campaign was targeted at the Sydney market because they make up a huge portion of our day trippers," she said.

"So it was about letting them know there's a lot more that you can do in Wollongong beyond just going to the beach."

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