Holiday homes in Wollongong | Where to stay in the Illawarra

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Nestled just an hour south of Sydney, Wollongong and its surrounding areas offer a slice of seaside life away from the city. Lose yourself as you road-trip down Sea Cliff Bridge at sunrise or hike through the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area.

From luxury apartments overlooking the famous Wollongong to family homes in Thirroul's countryside – we've got you covered. Keep reading to uncover which booking site is best suited to you and the deals currently on offer.

Where to book holiday homes in Wollongong

Airbnb
Airbnb: Best for unique stays
Browse through a wide selection of stays on Airbnb, including cottages, villas, cabins, bungalows, lofts and apartments.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees aren’t always included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay upon booking
Stayz
Stayz: Best for coastal accommodation
Wake up to the sound of waves rippling on the foreshore with a variety of seaside penthouses, apartments and houses on Stayz.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay on a date set by your host
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HomeAway
HomeAway: Best for family homes
If you really want to feel like a local, you can't look past a lived-in home on the Wollongong coast with HomeAway.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay on a date set by your host
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HomeExchange
HomeExchange: Best for cheap stays
Holidaying on the south coast doesn't have to break the bank with HomeExchange. Swap homes with other users or pay with guest points.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You'll need to become a HomeExchange member which gives you unlimited stays for a year
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Booking.com
Booking.com: Best for the whole package
Forget booking your getaway on 10 different sites – organise your flights, accommodation, car rentals, airport transfers and even local attractions on Booking.com.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay on a date set by your host
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HotelsCombined
HotelsCombined: Best for price comparison
Book your accommodation knowing you scored the best price available with the comparison feature from HotelsCombined.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay on a date set by your host
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Top picks for holiday homes in Wollongong

The Hideaway, Airbnb

Get lost amongst the treelines of the Illawarra escarpment.

If it's secluded bliss and surrounding views of the rainforest that you're after – you've found it. The Hideaway is tucked away from the busyness of the city, offering a quiet retreat for relaxation.

  • Best for: Rainforests
  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Features: Private balcony, BBQ, free Wi-Fi, modern amenities, free parking, queen bedroom and beach essentials

Balcony view of an apartment in Wollongong via Stayz

Enjoy your morning coffee while you bask in 270-degree views of the south coast.

Towering above the buildings below and just a short walk from the beach, this CBD apartment provides the perfect escape if you want to feel like you're amongst the clouds.

  • Best for: Views
  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Features: Full kitchen, dining area, balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows and king bedroom
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Balcony of an apartment in Wollongong with beach front view via Stayz.

Soak up the sun and sand with a waterfront property for your next getaway.

Pack up your beach towels and umbrellas because it doesn't get closer to the shoreline than this. Spend your days frolicking by the water followed by dinners overlooking the ocean.

  • Best for: Beachfront stays
  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Features: Outdoor entertainment area, waterfront views, open plan spaces and queen bedrooms
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Balcony views from Cove House in Kiama Heights

Because everyone deserves a 5-star experience every now and then.

Luxury is made effortless in Kiama Heights. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline from the comfort of your couch or take in the sights from your uninterrupted balcony.

  • Best for: Luxury escapes
  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Features: Floor-to-ceiling windows, plenty of space, outdoor pool and four floors

Where should I stay in Wollongong?

  • North Wollongong, East Corrimal or Port Kembla for beaches: If you want to be within walking distance of the coastline, we recommend booking accommodation right in the Wollongong city centre, North Wollongong, East Corrimal or Port Kembla.
  • Figtree, Cordeaux Heights, Austinmer or Keiraville for hiking: Some of the best hiking spots and lookouts are on Mount Keira and these areas will have you close to the action. Plus, Austinmer will have you staying closest to the popular Sublime Point walking track.
  • Port Kembla, Cordeaux Heights or Warilla for family-friendly activities: Wollongong hosts the Jamberoo Action Park, which happens to be just 30 minutes away by car. Port Kembla, Cordeaux Heights and Warilla are all situated close to the main highway that will take you straight to the park.

Cheap holiday homes in Wollongong

Save a few extra dollars by heading north or inland to areas such as Mount Ousley, Coledale and Balgownie. In a lot of cases, you can still find a stay for under $100 a night closer to the water – keep in mind, an average night in Wollongong is around $220 (according to Airbnb). Your cheaper stays are likely to be a short drive from the beaches and are unlikely to have big outdoor areas.

Luxury holiday homes in Wollongong

Looking for luxury? Keep it to areas such as Wollongong Beach, North Wollongong and Austinmer. A good rule of thumb is that the high-end stays are usually closer to the water. The following accommodation options either have the ocean on your doorstep or are encased by the beautiful forests. Privacy, large outdoor spaces, fresh designs and incredible views are just some of the features that will come with your luxury stay.

Pet-friendly accommodation in Wollongong

Your pet-friendly stays are typically a little further up the coast, in areas such as North Wollongong, Thirroul and Austinmer. Wollongong's city centre is mostly apartments, so it's unlikely to find a spot that has an adequate backyard. The suburbs mentioned above are still quite close to the coast, so you won't miss out on those ocean views. A few pet-friendly attractions include Wiseman Park Reserve, Peace Grove and JJ Kelly Park.


Frequently asked questions

Is it legal to stay at a holiday home in Wollongong?

Yes, restrictions now allow stays across New South Wales.

What do I need to bring to a holiday home in Wollongong?

We recommend packing the following:

  • For beaches: Beach towels, sunscreen and swimsuits
  • For hiking: Walking shoes, insulated/reusable water bottles, sunscreen and a hat

What should I consider when I'm staying in a holiday home in Wollongong?

If you're looking at a holiday home on the south coast, we suggest looking for a place with the following features:

  • Outdoor area/water views: Wollongong is known for its pristine coastline, so if your budget allows, you can't go past a balcony with a view of the sea.
  • Private parking spot: If you intend to drive to and from your holiday home, you ought to make sure a parking spot is included with the stay.
  • BBQ: This one is a great entertaining feature as well as a money saver while you're holidaying down south.
  • Beach towels: Although not as common, having a few more towels to take down to the beach is a great extra.

How do I get to my holiday home?

You can take the train or drive to Wollongong. If you're taking the former, board the Wollongong train line at Central or Redfern, which is an all-stops to the city centre and North Wollongong. Catch a taxi to your stay.

Driving will make your trip easier and save you time when it comes to getting around the sights across the Illawarra coast.

Latest Wollongong holiday home deals:

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