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22 Things to Do in 22Advertising Feature

Ready for your bucket list?Advertising Feature

Plenty to cheer about: Support local businesses and have fun at the same time.

No need to be bored in 2022! Especially now that state lockdowns seem to be in the past. So what is on offer in 2022?

Sport

Cycling and walking are just some of the activities most people can do. Now that the weather has warmed up, add bodyboarding, swimming and surfing.

You can learn to sail or hire a paddleboard or kayak for a leisurely paddle.

If you children are into sport, practise together if possible or play backyard games.

From fishing and boating to jogging and golf, fresh air outdoors is good.

Hobbies

While you may have done a fair share of reading during lockdown, there are always more books to read as well magazines with inspiring ideas and entertainment.

Learn a new hobby in 2022 - try playing the piano, take dance classes or learn to swim. Studies have shown that learning something new keeps your mind active.

Activities

Don't hide under the doona: Get out there and have fun while supporting local businesses. Photos: Supplied

Wollongong and surrounds are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities.

Raining? No problem. Plenty of indoor play centres, a Science Centre, ten pin bowling, trampolining, wall climbing, etc.

For the adults, visit an art exhibition, go to the theatre, attend a market or a movie. If daring, try tandem sky diving or snorkelling.

For a mountain bike adventure, go to the Cringila Bike Park or organise a horse trail with your family and friends.

Volunteer

Plenty of places to volunteer and do your bit for society - foster a child or help at op shops - you can learn new life skills, socialise with others and do potential job training.

Even Lifeline could do with your assistance and you could help save a life.

Health

If you want to get your health on track, enrol at a gym or hire a personal trainer. You could also go jogging or make a habit of regular walks.

For relaxation, try a massage, a facial, salt therapy or flotation tank sessions.

Outings

Go for a treetop walk, food tour, cruise or deep sea fishing. These make great gifts too.

Zoos are always popular with Symbio Wildlife Park just a short drive away. For summer fun, Jamberoo Action Park provides hours of water slides and fun.

Take a drive along Grand Pacific Drive checking out the Sea Cliff Bridge on the way and view the stunning vistas from Bald Hill, Sublime Point, Mt Keira and other lookouts.

Into nature? Plenty of walking trails, Wollongong Botanic Garden and the famous Kiama Blowhole are ideal for family outings too.

For cultural activities, try Nan Tien Temple, an art class or learn a new language.

So get out there!

Volunteer: helping others is a way to help yourself and your community too.

Ready for your bucket list?Advertising Feature

Plenty to cheer about: Support local businesses and have fun at the same time.

No need to be bored in 2022! Especially now that state lockdowns seem to be in the past. So what is on offer in 2022?

Sport

1.Cycling and walking are just some of the activities most people can do.

2.Now that the weather has warmed up, add bodyboarding, swimming and surfing. You can learn to sail or hire a paddleboard or kayak for a leisurely paddle.

3.If you children are into sport, practise together or play backyard games.

4.For an adventure, go to the Cringila (mountain bike) Park or organise a horse trail with loved ones.

5.If daring, try tandem sky diving or snorkelling.

Don't hide under the doona: Get out there and try new activities. Photos: Shutterstock

6.From fishing and boating to jogging and golf, fresh air in the outdoors is good.

Hobbies

7.While you may have done a fair share of reading during lockdown, there are always more books to read as well magazines with inspirational ideas.

8.Learn a new hobby in 2022 - try playing the piano, take dance classes or learn to swim. Studies have shown that learning something new keeps your mind active.

Activities

You are spoilt for choice in the region.

9.Raining? No problem. Plenty of indoor play centres, Science Space museum, ten pin bowling, trampolining, climbing gym, etc.

10.For the adults, visit an art exhibition, go to the theatre, attend a market or a movie

Volunteer

Volunteering: Helping others is a way to help yourself and your community too.

11.Plenty of places to volunteer and do your bit for society - help at op shops as you learn new life skills, socialise with others and do potential job training.

12.Foster a child - so rewarding.

13.Especially Lifeline could do with your assistance and you could help save a life.

Health

14.If you want to get your health on track, enrol at a gym or hire a personal trainer.

15.You could also go jogging or make a habit of regular walks.

16.For relaxation, try a massage, a facial, salt therapy or flotation tank sessions.

Outings

17.Go for a treetop walk, food tour, wine tasting at a cellar door, cruise or deep sea fishing. These make great gifts too.

18.Zoos are always popular with Symbio Wildlife Park just a short drive away.

19.For summer fun, Jamberoo Action Park provides hours of water slides and fun.

20.Take a drive along Grand Pacific Drive checking out the Sea Cliff Bridge plus the vistas from Bald Hill, Mt Keira and Sublime Point.

21.Into nature? Plenty of walking trails while Wollongong Botanic Garden and the famous Kiama Blowhole are ideal for family outings too.

22.For cultural activities, try Nan Tien Temple, an art class or learn a new language.

So get out there!

Press play for sports eventsAdvertising Feature

Don't miss this event: The Wollongong 2022 UCI Road World Championships with elite riders racing from around the world. Photo: Shutterstock

Plenty of sports events too.

Australia Day Aquathon (Jan 26) - the swim-run is back for the 22nd annual edition.

Volleyball NSW (Feb 11-13) - the NSW Beach Volleyball Tour will take place in Wollongong for three days.

Illawarra Memory Walk & Jog (Feb 20) - a great day out for the whole community. It's also a chance to get active and fundraise.

Nitro Circus: You Got This (March 11) - is an explosive, high adrenaline action sports spectacular starring the best athletes in FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and more.

Wollongong MS Mega Swim (March 12-13) - a fun swim relay, where teams of swimmers are sponsored.

MJ Rowles Rodeo 4 Life (March 26-27) - combines rodeo sports entertainment starring Australia's toughest bull riding champions from across Australia with a full length live concert

The Peoplecare tritheGong triathlon festival (April 24) - offers races for all ages and abilities.

Wollongong Running Festival (June 5) - a two, five and 10km fun run starts and finishes at Stuart Park.

The BIG one - Wollongong 2022 UCI Road World Championships (Sept 18-25) - eight days of elite racing and a non-stop city festival.

The city will welcome more than 1000 of the world's best cyclists from 75-plus countries to compete for a coveted rainbow jersey. Eleven Road Race and Time Trial medals will be contested in front of an expected 300,000 spectators and more than 300 million viewers globally.

See whatsonwollongong.com.au or visitnsw.com/destinations

22 things that you haven't thought ofAdvertising Feature

The great outdoors: A family picnic with healthy treats to mix things up is just what you need this year. Photo: Shutterstock

The important thing is to try something new. The reason time flies when you are older, according to studies, is that you are used to doing the familiar so doing something different should make time slow down - and go faster at the same time because you are having fun!

Here are some ideas you may not have thought of:

  1. Adopt a pet - a furry friend is just what you need
  2. Go on a road trip - anywhere you are allowed to go
  3. Try an out-there hobby like pottery
  4. Renovate part of your home
  5. Start your own business
  6. Do an interior design course
  7. Get a personal trainer
  8. Try a meat-free day every week
  9. Write and publish a book
  10. Pay it forward at a café
  11. Wake up an hour earlier every day
  12. Do 10,000 steps most days
  13. Binge less TV programs
  14. Read 20 books this year
  15. Play board games with your children
  16. Go on a picnic
  17. Refresh your look
  18. Grow some indoor plants
  19. Start a veggie garden
  20. Walk your children to school
  21. Phone instead of texting family and friends
  22. Establish an aquarium or fish pond

There are many other activities you can try. There are numerous clubs such as bridge and scrabble as well as sports activities to suit your lifestyle.

Getting your groove onAdvertising Feature

From music festivals to theatre: Subject to COVID rules, indulge in your arts and culture events. Photo: Shutterstock

Plenty of cultural events in Wollongong and surrounds. Subject to COVID rules.

Sunset Cinema Wollongong (Jan 21-March 19) - in the Botanic Gardens with all-time classics and mouth-watering dishes.

Sooshi Mango (Jan 30) - are bringing their hilarious all-new show, Off the Boat, to Wollongong.

Celebrating 50 Years History of Illawarra Light Railway Museum Society (February 13) - 10am to 3pm with train rides and vintage vehicles.

The Sirens' Return (Feb 14-19) - a Merrigong Theatre Company & The Society of Histrionic Happenings co-production.

Celtic Illusion: Reimagined (Feb 23) - a fusion of artforms.

Last Light (Feb 26) - Wollongong's inaugural small bar festival. A free entry experience featuring 30 plus artists across seven venues.

Circa's Peepshow (March 9-12) - Spiegeltent is on.

The Wider Earth (March 16-19) - the story of 22-year old scientific visionary Charles Darwin and his five-year voyage.

Bridge Over Troubled Dreams Tour (March 19) - singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem is set to embark on her long-awaited headline shows.

Yours and Owls Festival (April 2-3) - Illawarra's largest music festival.

The Wiggles - Fruit Salad TV Big Show (April 3) - the wait is over!

T.R.U.T.H. Tour (April 23) - multi ARIA-winning singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian.

Echoes of Pink Floyd (May 6) - a Pink Floyd concept act taking audiences on a musical and visual journey.