Our pick of the Best Wollongong Holiday Houses

From waterfront penthouses to luxury beach homes, we've found the best holiday homes for rent in Wollongong!

Situated only a short drive south of Sydney, Wollongong has become a favourite holiday destination for city slickers looking to escape the rat race of the big smoke and unwind by the beach. For this reason, there are increasing numbers of holiday homes becoming available.

From luxury homes to small beach shacks, Wollongong has holiday home options to suit all needs and budgets.

Here are our top 10 Wollongong holiday house picks

Can’t decide on a good accommodation option? No worries, we can help you out. We have spent some time and found 10 holiday houses in Wollongong.

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Our Pick of the Best Wollongong Holiday Houses For 2021

Corrimal Beach Tourist Park

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Featuring direct access to the golden shores and rolling waves of Corrimal Beach, this tourist park features self-contained cabin accommodation. Guests can enjoy a meal at the onsite The Pantry Cafe or share a meal with friends using the BBQ facilities. All self-contained cabins boast a patio offering garden views and an outdoor dining setting. The cabins feature an oven, stovetop, microwave and fridge. There is a dining and lounge area with a flat-screen TV and DVD player. Children will love the playground with equipment. You can hire bicycles to explore the surrounding area, or head to the tour desk where the staff can assist in organising local activities. There is also a mini mart on site. Wollongong is just a 12-minute drive away. Jamberoo Action Part is a 30-minute drive and Minammurra Falls and Rainforest is a 40-minute drive.

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The Belmore All-Suite Hotel

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One of our top picks in Wollongong. The Belmore All-Suite Hotel is located within the Wollongong CBD (Central Business District). Wollongong Beach and Harbour, shops, restaurants and the WIN Entertainment Center are all within a 10-minute walk. Wollongong University is a 10-minute drive and Jamberoo Action Park is only a 30-minute drive away. The Belmore All-Suite Hotel offers free on-site parking, subject to availability, and free WiFi. All rooms are heated and air conditioned and feature a desk, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities . Upstairs rooms feature balconies, while ground floor rooms have a patio. All 1 and 2 bedroom apartments have a well equipped kitchenette, a dining area and a lounge room with a flat screen TV with cable channels. There are several dining options, shops and bars alongside Wollongong Harbour, 10 minutes’ walk away.

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The Beach House North Wollongong

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Featuring sea views, The Beach House North Wollongong provides accommodation with a garden and a balcony, around 1.1 km from Wollongong City beach. The air-conditioned accommodation is 450 m from Puckey’s Beach, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. The holiday home with a patio and garden views features 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge, and 1 bathroom with a shower. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. The holiday home offers a sun terrace. Popular points of interest near The Beach House North Wollongong include Towradgi Beach, Crown Street Mall and Harbourside Fish Market. The nearest airport is Illawarra Regional, 23 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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Mantra Wollongong

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One of our top picks in Wollongong. The 4.5-star Mantra Wollongong offers large, modern 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, some of them with partial ocean views, 80 km south of Sydney, on the New South Wales coast. Wollongong Beach is within a 10-minute drive away. Mantra Wollongong is located in the heart of the city’s business district and moments from the coastline. With the latest in modern facilities and technology, it allows you to ‘stay connected’ when away from your office, home or family. Wollongong, the state’s third largest city, has a mild coastal climate, an active arts scene and numerous swimming and surfing beaches. Enjoy the view from Wollongong Head Lighthouse, a 9-minute drive away. It enjoys convenient access to public transport, and Sydney can also be reached through a scenic coastal road-and-rail route.

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Normandie Inn and Function Centre

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One of our bestsellers in Wollongong! Just 350 m from North Beach, Normandie Motel features free on-site parking, a restaurant and a guest lounge. A refrigerator, tea and coffee maker and TV are standard in all rooms. The air-conditioned rooms include a work desk with Wi-Fi access. Each room has a bathroom with a hairdryer. Some rooms also have a private balcony. Normandie Motel and Function Centre is just 3 minutes’ drive from Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse and Illawarra Museum, and a 5-minute drive from central Wollongong. Illawarra Airport is a 20-minute drive away. The restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine, and is open for breakfast and dinner. The bar offers a range of beers, wines and cocktails.

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Hotel Wollongong

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One of our top picks in Wollongong. With a range of studios and fully self-contained apartments, Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong is located in the heart of the CBD, minutes from the beach , cafes, restaurants and shops . Guests enjoy use of an outdoor pool, fitness centre, sauna and spa. The modern and spacious apartments are equipped with satellite TV, air conditioning and balcony. They have either full kitchen and laundry facilities, or a kitchenette. Guests receive 100MBS of free WiFi per 24 hours. At the end of the day, return to Adina Hotel Wollongong and relax in the sauna, take a dip in the swimming pool or work out in the well-equipped fitness room. There are many things to see and do within easy reach of the hotel. They include the Wollongong Botanical Gardens, the Nan Tien Temple, Jamberoo Action Park, and Symbio Zoo and Wildlife Centre.

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Comfort Inn Towradgi Beach

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500 m from Towradgi Beach, Comfort Inn Towradgi Beach is set in Wollongong and offers air-conditioned rooms. All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Nan Tien Temple is 12 km from Comfort Inn Towradgi Beach, while Crown Street Mall is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Illawarra Regional Airport, 25 km from the accommodation.

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Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

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Situated opposite North Wollongong Beach , Novotel Wollongong Northbeach offers spacious modern rooms , many with stunning ocean or mountain views . Novotel Hotel Wollongong Northbeach caters for both leisure and business travellers, offering facilities and services such as a swimming pool, fitness centre, day spa, restaurant and 2 bars. All rooms are beautifully styled with modern furnishings, crisp white bed linen, comfortable beds , and spacious bathrooms with over-sized bath towels. Windjammers Restaurant features panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, an innovative and contemporary menu, and an extensive wine list. The intimate Lobby Bar is the ideal for pre-dinner drinks. Located just 90 minutes’ drive south of Sydney in the beautiful Illawarra, Novotel Wollongong Northbeach is within easy walking distance of Wollongong city centre.

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Boat Harbour Motel

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Boat Harbour Motel is located opposite Wollongong Harbour and is just 3 minutes’ walk to the beach . All rooms have a private bathroom and either ocean or city views. The Anchorage Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is located on-site. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a selection of locally caught seafood on the menu. The rooms feature air conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities. Wireless internet access is available at a cost. Interconnecting rooms are also available. Guest facilities at Motel Boat Harbour include room service , plus a dry cleaning and laundry service . The Boat Harbour Motel is situated opposite the city’s main cycleway and is only 10 minutes’ walk to WIN Stadium .

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Sage Hotel Wollongong

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Sage Hotel Wollongong is located on the foreshore in the city centre, adjacent to WIN Entertainment Centre . It is a short walk to vibrant restaurants , cafes, Wollongong Central and Crown St Mall, as well as Wollongong City Beach . Guests enjoy access to free WiFi . All rooms include a 40-inch flat-screen with satellite channels. Executive rooms also boast a private balcony or terrace. Guest facilities include 24-hour reception, an outdoor heated 20 m lap pool and a fitness centre. Secure on-site car parking is available. The Lobby Lounge offers a relaxed atmosphere serving coffee and light refreshments. The restaurant is situated on the first floor of the hotel. Room service is available from 6:30 until 9:45 for breakfast and 16:00 until 21:00 for dinner. Sage Stash offers 24-hour self-service beverages, snacks and light meals. Wollongong is 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney along the scenic New South Wales South Coast.

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What You Must Know to Plan the Perfect Vacation to Wollongong

Wollongong is to the south of the city of Sydney in Australia. This area is where the Wodi Wodi live. The Wodi Wodi people are considered part of the Dharawal people, who have inhabited this region for thousands of years. A visit to this part of Australia will have you gleaning a glimpse of the Aboriginals’ past, as well as present. However, you won’t want to miss out on spending lots of time at the numerous beaches. you must plan your visit carefully to fit everything you want to do into your itinerary.

How to Get to Wollongong

Driving from Sydney to Wollongong will take a little more than an hour. Your journey will take you along the Princes Highway, as well as the Southern Freeway. If you do not want to make the drive, you can always take the bus or the train. Both of those options offer direct routes, so it won’t take you much longer to reach your destination.

You can reach Wollongong from many other areas of the country as well. Those who begin their journey in Canberra can also drive. That car ride is approximately two and a half hours.

Wollongong Holiday Accommodation Options

There are many different holiday accommodation options in Wollongong, and they will all fit any budget. You can easily reserve a room at one of the local hotels. However, you may prefer to stay at one of the luxury hotels or one of the many vacation rentals

Best Time of the Year to Visit Wollongong

There isn’t a bad time of the year to visit Wollongong, but the winter months do bring a chill to the air. That means you should only visit from June through August if you love the cold.

September through May is usually perfect for visiting Wollongong, because the temperatures are either warm or hot. While rain is common with a few storms during the hottest months of the year, the precipitation is a nice way to cool down and chill out during busy vacations.

You must be prepared for crowds if you choose to spend time in Wollongong from December through February, because that is the most popular time of the year for visitors.

Things to See and Do in and Around Wollongong

As you are planning your visit to Wollongong, you are going to find there are so many things to see and do there. Many people begin at the Bald Hill Lookout. From this lookout, you can see all the way over to both the Sea Cliff Bridge and Stanwell Park. If those views are not enough, you can hike to Kelly’s Falls to see the Sri Venkateswara Temple from a different vantage point before watching the rushing waterfall.

You can get close to Australia’s wildlife at Symbio Wildlife Park. This is an excellent place to hang out with kangaroos, snuggle with a koala, and see what other animals are native to the area. It is all about relaxation at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens. When you are not walking along the paths, the kids can get lost in the maze or act all crazy as they tackle the climbing net.

The last thing you should do before leaving Wollongong is travel the thirty minutes to the Kiama blowhole. The blowhole near the lighthouse is the largest blowhole in the entire world. You can also see a smaller blowhole approximately two kilometers to the south. If you don’t mind driving a little further, you can also have a little fun at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures and Macquarie Jump Pass Rock.

Best Places to Eat and Drink in Wollongong

There are almost too many places to eat and drink when you are vacationing in Wollongong. In the mornings, you will want to begin at Delano Specialty Coffee. You will find this coffeehouse over on Montague Street. They roast their coffee beans in small batches, so your coffee will always taste wonderful. After ordering your coffee, you will want to add some of their fresh foods, so you can have a bite to eat before you head out on your next adventure.

Over on Harbour Street, you will find the Coldwater Creek Restaurant and Bar. All the dishes are made from fresh ingredients and they all pair well with the craft beers served from the bar.

If you are not a beer drinker, you may want to go over to Coolangatta Estate Winery for a wine tasting. This winery is on three hundred acres. You can take a self-guided tour of the grounds before wandering down to the cellar for your wine tasting. The on-site restaurant is perfect for enjoying a bottle of your new favorite wine, while devouring some delectable cuisine.

These are all the things you must know before traveling to Wollongong. Make sure you take the time to enjoy the attractions listed here, as well as the fabulous places to eat and grab a drink or two.

More of the Best Wollongong Holiday Houses

Corrimal Beach Tourist Park

The Belmore All-Suite Hotel

The Beach House North Wollongong

Mantra Wollongong

Normandie Inn and Function Centre

Hotel Wollongong