Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Wollongong and Surrounds
Family outing to Nan Tien Temple
Take the kids on an adventure of a different kind to one of the largest Buddhist temples in the southern hemisphere, the Nan Tien Temple at Berkeley. Travel by train from Central Station to Unanderra Station and then catch bus (Route 34) at Unanderra Shops.
Day trip to Wollongong
For $2.50 per person, your family can enjoy a fun day out with unlimited travel on Sydney's buses, trains, ferries and light rail every Sunday. Pack a picnic basket, bring buckets and spades and a picnic rug and you can enjoy a great day at the beach.
Less than 90km south of Sydney lies the state's third largest city, Wollongong, and beyond that - miles of pristine, uncrowded beaches, all accessible using a Family Funday Sunday pass.
Every hour a Sydney Trains service leaves Sydney Central Station, and makes the 1.5 hour trip to Wollongong. Once there, beach-based family activities await. You can enjoy swimming and surfing, fishing, walking or cycling.
A string of beautiful beaches Stanwell Park, Austinmer, Corrimal - are all easy to get to by train. A highlight further south is the seaside town Kiama. Take the kids to the famous Blowhole to see and hear seawater as its spouts into the air.
Stanwell Park is a popular tandem hang-gliding spot; enjoy the spectacular coastal views from the air. Wollongong is a great place for cyclists, with a network of bike tracks running along the coast. You can learn to surf at many South Coast beaches, or check out Jamberoo, which has high-speed water slides and a downhill bobsled.
Beyond the celebrated fish and chips by the beach, dining options around Wollongong cater to all budgets and tastes. From laid back cafes to casual and fine dining options with stellar views, such as The Blue Diamond Bar and Bistro or Crooked River Restaurant, you’ll be spoiled for choice on your day trip around the area.