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Free things to do in the Illawarra

Wollongong Botanic Garden - stunning playpark, gardens, events, nature and fab birthday party packages!

Location: Keiraville
Phone: (02) 4227 7667   Mobile: (02) 4227 7667
Ages: All welcome   Days / Hours: Non-Daylight Saving Hours: 7am to 5pm daily / Daylight Saving Hours: Weekdays 7am to 6pm & Weekends & Public Holidays 7am to 6.45pm / Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day only.
Wollongong Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to visit with its many garden collections to explore, picnic spaces to enjoy, an All Abilities Playground, a duck feeding area plus a range of family and child-focused activities including school holiday programs, garden workshops, theatrical tours and outdoor cinema.
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The Illawarra Light Railway & Museum - free family fun day out! Available for childrens' parties.

Location: Albion Park Rail
Phone: 4256 4627    Mobile:
Ages: All ages   Days / Hours: Museum Days: Tuesday - Thursday - Saturday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Train rides on the Second Sunday of each month, from 10am to 3pm. Check website for extra running days and public holiday's through the year.
Our Museum is a great place for families to have a great day out! . Entry is FREE which includes FREE usage of the picnic grounds with wood fired bbq’s and childrens' play areas..The Museum is opened traditionally on the second Sunday of each month from 10am to 3pm - often hosting other events and fun family themed nights eg Halloween.
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Towradgi Playpark, Ocean Pools, Free BBQ's / Shaded Picnic Areas

Location: Towradgi
Phone:    Mobile:
Ages: All!   Days / Hours:
Perfect for an outing, a kids birthday party, a fun beach day, a cycle path ocean adventure or long lazy days exploring the beach and rock pools!
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Bankbook Park - Wongawilli - Lovely Kids Playpark and nature trails at Vista Park

Location: Wongawilli
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Ages:    Days / Hours:
For parents on the look out for new parks to explore! Bankbook Park - Wongawilli - Lovely Kids Playpark and nature trails at Vista Park
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Bellambi Park and Ocean Pools

Location: East Corrimal,
Phone:    Mobile:
Ages:    Days / Hours:
With new equipment in the park, those stunning ocean views PLUS a newly renovated kids pool and adults pool PLUS gentle sandy bays to explore - this is a winner!
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Bulli Beach, Ocean Pools and Park (with optional sand dune surfing!)

Location: Bulli
Phone:    Mobile:
Ages: ALL!   Days / Hours:
Worth the drive from anywhere! Sand dunes, ocean pools, rock pools, stunning ocean, cafe, toilets and showers
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Cascade Falls Walk, Macquarie Pass National Park

Location: Macquarie Pass
Phone:    Mobile:
Ages: 4 years +   Days / Hours:
A beautiful family-friendly bush walk only 25 minutes south of Wollongong! There really is no better way to connect with your kids than to be outside in nature, taking in the blue sky and fresh air and making memories.
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James Oates Reserve, Mystics Beach, Minnamurra

Location: 154 Charles Avenue, Minnamurra
Phone:    Mobile:
Ages: All   Days / Hours:
Mystics Beach is a magical, secluded surf spot situated just off the tidal mouth of the beautiful Minnamurra River. Named by a bunch of local surfers who witnessed the other-worldly coastal conditions that sometimes occur here, Mystics Beach is stunning.
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Kiama Blowhole & Kiama Walks

Location: Kiama
Phone: (02) 4232 3322   Mobile:
Ages: All   Days / Hours:
Watch your child watch on in anticipation and wonder as the Kiama Blow Hole spurts a vast amount of ocean spray up into the air! Plus great family walks...
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Lake Illawarra, Reddall Reserve, Windang Beach plus Kanahooka Park Playground - all amazing!

Location: Lake Illawarra
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Ages: All - flat calm water great for littlies   Days / Hours:
The gorgeous Lake Illawarra sometimes seems like a bit of a hidden gem. Loved by locals, the 33 square kilometre lake is home to plenty of great spots for fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, boating and generally frolicking in the water. Reddall Reserve on the foreshore is a great spot for a bike ride and picnic, thanks to its playground, bathrooms and kiosk, while Windang Beach is ideal for paddling, swimming or a BBQ. The brand new Kanahooka playground is also worth a visit, especially for littlies.
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Stuart Park - Playground, Park, Picnic, Bike Path, Lagoon and Beach!

Location: North Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4227 7111   Mobile:
Ages: All   Days / Hours:
Oh such a good day out! Stuart Park playground is huge, surrounded by parkland and bike tracks and has everything from flying foxes to hidey houses. The Lagoon is flat and calm for a swim or pop to North Wollongong beach
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