Feeling the urge to get in the car and drive right out of town this Father’s Day?
From the Royal National Park to Appin and the Southern Highlands, we’ve put together a list of some of the best day trips to take from Wollongong.
These attractions are less than two hours’ drive from your house and a fun day out for the whole family.
1. Jibbon Beach, Bundeena
Enter Jibbon Beach from Neil Street in Bundeena in the Royal National Park and follow the signposts along the beach to the ancient Aboriginal rock engravings.
2. Simmo’s Beach, Campbelltown
The beach is located on the Georges River and has easy access and picnic facilities. There are easy, paved surface walks and harder, unsealed trails. The area can be accessed from Fifth Avenue, Macquarie Fields. Details here.
3. Berry Market and Country Fair, Berry
Browse through hundreds of stalls selling handmade products, arts and crafts, locally grown vegetables and produce, collectables, books, plants, leather goods, clothing and more. Located at 36 Alexandra Street. Details here.
4. Point Perpendicular Lighthouse, Currarong
A drive through natural scrub and spring wildflowers will bring you to the lighthouse and spectacular escarpment at Jervis Bay. There is no access to the inside of the lighthouse, but the view from the grounds makes this drive worthwhile. Details here.
5. Fitzroy Falls Reservoir, Southern Highlands
Take dad trout fishing in the Fitzroy Falls Reservoir, about 20km south-east of Bowral on the Yarrunga Creek upstream of Fitzroy Falls. The reservoir is popular for land-based recreational fishing. Details here.
6. The Farms Markets, Killalea
Rock up to Killalea any time between 10am to 3pm to wander around the stalls, before finding a patch of grass to enjoy the market food, live music and spectacular views. Details here.
7. Box Vale Mine Walking Track, Mittagong
The track follows the formation of a historic railway line and passes through cuttings, along embankments and through a tunnel 84m in length. There is also a spur track to 40-foot falls and a very steep track leads to vantage point below the falls. Details here.
8. Bens Walk, Nowra
Views of the mountains can be seen from vantage points along this iconic walk near Nowra Showground. A short return walk from the footbridge to Hanging Rock takes around 10 minutes, or tackle the complete 5.5km track. Details here.
9. Cataract Dam, Appin
Cataract Dam at Appin is the oldest of the great dams of the upper Nepean River. It has facilities to cater for hundreds of families including hectares of lawn where kids can kick a ball or throw a frisbee. Details here.
10. Adams Lookout, Bungonia National Park
Marvel at the view of the 300m-high limestone cliffs of Bungonia Slot Canyon (only 25m apart), the beautiful Bungonia Creek Gorge and distant views of Ettrema Wilderness way over in Morton National Park. Details here.