Wollongong to Belmore Falls

Begin in Wollongong

Located just 80 kilometres from Sydney, Wollongong is a seaside city with gorgeous beaches, as well as stunning forests and mountains lying inland. Wollongong – which is also known as ‘The Gong’ – is a vibrant, multicultural city, situated on one of Australia’s most picturesque coastlines.

As Australia’s tenth largest city, it offers urban living with coastal relaxation – and all under two hours drive from Sydney.

The town has a laid-back country vibe mixed with that of a cosmopolitan university town, giving it a pleasant pace of life. It’s a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, with many people doing just that.

The Wollongong region is an adventurer and nature lovers paradise, with some of the best beaches in Australia and a network of hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, wildlife and lookout points. With all of this on its doorstep, jumping in a hire car and exploring the Wollongong region is a must-do.

Visit the southern hemisphere’s largest Buddhist temple

Situated in the Wollongong suburb of Berkeley, Nan Tien Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere. The Chinese-styled palace structure is built on a hillside in a semi-rural area, and set amidst elegant landscaped gardens.

The architecture of the complex is notable as it contains features from several different styles of Buddhism. The pagoda is distinctly Chinese in style, while the main temples incorporate elements of Tibetan monastic architecture. Throughout the grounds of the complex, courtyards feature Japanese style gardens, with statues and shrines borrowing from the bright colour schemes of Southeast Asian temples. There is also a museum on site for those keen to learn more.

Explore Belmore Falls and the Hindmarsh Lookout

Belmore Falls is located in Morton National Park and features an impressive plunge waterfall that attracts many visitors. A short walking track guides you along several lookout points, including the Hindmarsh Lookout, from where you can enjoy panoramic views over Kangaroo Valley.

A day trip to Belmore Falls and the Hindmarsh Lookout is an adventure that takes a little bit of effort to get there. The car park at Belmore Falls can be accessed via Belmore Falls Road. The easiest way is to follow Belmore Falls Road from Robertson via South Street.

If you’re driving in from Fitzroy Falls, turn into Belmore Falls Road from Myra Vale Road, cross the little bridge over Barrengarry Creek and go straight to the car park.

The car park is located at the Hindmarsh lookout from where you can follow the walking trail towards the Belmore Falls lookout points. As with all national parks in Australia, dogs are not permitted.

This short road trip offers a little bit of adventure and a whole lot of fun for those willing to take the plunge. Jump in a rental car and hit the road for your own adventure today.

Photo by: William Karl