Quality Suites Pioneer Sands
19 Carters Lane
Towradgi, NS 2518
Phone: (61) 2 42521111
Fax: (61) 2 42521122
Started in 1964, the Wollongong Botanic Garden is a magnificent display of the fauna in Australia and across the globe. One can also hire the gorgeous garden for wedding celebrations as well as the amphitheater for plays and musical events. They also conduct educational tours for children as well as adults interested in plant life.
Set amongst 55 hectares of peaceful gardens, this massive Buddhist Temple was opened in 1995. It is the largest such temple in the south of the Equator. The Nan Tien Temple aims to promote religious, cultural and educational exchange between north, south, east and west. Features include the entrance Mountain Gate, a Chinese vegetarian buffet restaurant, a Meditation room and a museum. There is also the Main Shrine, an auditorium and conference facilities. The Temple runs various courses, from chanting and meditation through to language lessons. Live-in courses also available.
Kully Bay Park is a scenic picnic park located close to Lake Illawarra. There is a seating area, picnic huts, a bike track, grass lawn as well as fishing facilities in and around the park, making it a perfect picnic spot for the whole family.
Almost taking over the Southern coastline, this magnificent 37,000-acre park is Sydney's biggest. Ocean beaches are perfect for surfing, water holes filled by cascading waterfalls provide a refreshing dip; there is wildlife galore, as well as fabulous flora and rainforest walks. You can camp, have a picnic and even hire canoes and rowboats at the parks center at Audley. Get into the “real” Australia by exploring this outstanding wilderness, which is all the more amazing in that it is less than an hour away from the city.
The Botanic Garden at Mount Annan is an enormous facility with more than 4000 varieties of flora spread out over a few hundred hectares, complete with lakes and hills. There are guided vehicle and walking tours organized regularly as well as cycling and mountain biking trails. Contact the garden for more details.