The Illawarra region provides a diverse range of activities and is ideally located almost on Sydney’s doorstep!
Explore a rainforest or two, discover another world on a coastal rock platform ramble, see Kiama Blowhole, experiment and hypothesise at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium, learn about other cultures at the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple, visit Australia’s Industry World and be amazed on your guided tour of the Steel Works and then cool off and have fun on the waterslides and in the wave pool at Jamberoo Action Park!
Travel further south to Mogo and go back in time to the gold rush era at Gold Rush Colony. Visit Mogo Zoo to see the big cats and lots of other amazing animals. Educational worksheets and resources are available for different age groups covering a range of topics such as Adaptations and Food Chains!
Come and enjoy dozens of water rides and slides, rapids and wave pools which are sure to entertain and get the adrenalin pumping! Curriculum based education resources are available for different age groups and covering different topics such as water management, science, business and marketing.
“Get Bitten by the Funnel Web”, the Longest, Biggest an exhilarating new water thrill ride! Dare to enter Funnel Web’s burrow with three of your friends for a heart stopping 30km an hour exhilarating ride, twisting and turning in darkness, before plunging into the “Funnel Web. You’ll experience multiple zero-gravity moments as your CLOVERleaf™ raft travels up and down the funnel, being sucked deep into the burrow, only to re-enter the darkness for one final twist and turn before splashing out “free at last” into the landing pool.
Play putt putt golf, ride the bobsled, take a chairlift ride. Catch a wave at Outback Bay! This 2.5 megalitre wave pool is just like the beach – practice your body surfing or float on waves up to 1.5m high. Or just relax on the golden sand and deck chairs and soak up the sun. This is a great end-of-year reward to include in any Illawarra based itinerary.
At Mogo, on the NSW South Coast, The Original Gold Rush Colony offers on-site accommodation, a recreated ‘village’ and a great range of programs to enhance children’s understanding of our gold-rush history and what life was like during this era.
The Original Gold Rush Colony (previously known as Old Mogo Town) is an authentically recreated, Australian 1850s Gold Rush era village. The gold rush theme park takes you back in time to an era before iPhones and iPads enabling you to discover life as it was for our pioneers on the goldfields. Within the grounds of the Gold Rush Colony you can step back in time and experience life as it was in the 1850s Australian Gold Rush days; pan for real gold and enjoy a unique heritage experience.
The Original Gold Rush Colony specialises in preserving and promoting Australian History, both of the Australian Aboriginal traditional heritage and culture and of the new Australians who have immigrated to Australia over the years. Memorabilia, buildings, artefacts and stories of the early Australian Gold Rush days of the 1850s are preserved with loving care and attention to detail, both physically and in oral presentation and tradition. Educational programs run on site to provide students with an invaluable insight and understanding of the impact the gold rush had on Australian history. The range of authentic historical and gold rush theme experiences for group activities can be individually tailored to suit school excursions of all ages. Contact our friendly team today to discuss your Illawarra or Illawarra-Mogo Itinerary.