You can also go beach skydiving in Wollongong to lap up the magnificent ocean views. Blue water will stretch for miles below as you glide towards Earth and touch down on a bed of soft sand. Then when you're ready to trade the beach for the forest you can careen Tarzan-style on a treetop zipline adventure at Knights Hill.
To slow the pace, enjoy a bushwalk around the majestic Illawarra Escarpment, or mount two wheels and ride the 42-kilometre network of cycle paths.
A trip to Wollongong lets you cruise Grand Pacific Drive and the famous Sea Cliff Bridge, and there are many attractions in the area, including the Science Centre and Planetarium, Symbio Wildlife Park and Nan Tien Temple - the Southern Hemisphere's largest Buddhist temple.
End your day with a dip in the ocean before heading back to Sydney.