Wollongong's foreshore parks
We have parks dotted up and down our coastline. Many of these have barbecue and picnic areas and regional playground facilities. Some of the city's foreshore parks are:
- Stuart Park: Bottom of Cliff Road, North Wollongong
- Bulli Park: Park Road, Bulli
- Thomas Dalton Park: Carters Lane, Fairy Meadow
- King George V Park: Military Road, Port Kembla
- Fred Finch Park: Hooka Creek Road, Berkeley
- Reed Park: Bong Bong Road, West Dapto
- Rex Jackson Oval: Fletcher Street, Helensburgh
- MacCabe Park: Church Street, Wollongong
- WA Lang Park: Marine Drive, Wollongong.
We also have a number of picnic areas that are enjoyed by the whole community, and we encourage everyone to make use of the recycling bins at these sites:
- Stanwell Park
- City Beach
- Port Kembla.
All the playground equipment in Council's parks and reserves are tailor-made for children and meet the Australian Standards.
Children with a disability don't miss out, either. There's a Liberty Swing at Stuart Park for them to use. It needs a Mylak Key to be used,and this can be purchased from Unanderra Home Timber and Hardware by people with a disability card. This Mylak Key also opens the disabled toilets.
If you want to report damage to playground equipment, or a maintenance issue at our parks and gardens please contact Council's Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or use our online Report It form.
We provide a range of facilities/areas for hire, including our gardens and parks.
Wollongong Botanic Garden
More than 200,000 people visit the Wollongong Botanic Garden each year. Its main attractions include the rose garden, the azalea bank and its section of Illawarra rainforest. The gardens stretch over 22 hectares and have an array of plants from tropic and temperate regions.
The gardens are a popular location for wedding ceremonies, and bookings are available throughout the year. The Discovery Centre's educational facilities provides regular educational forums and exciting school holiday activities for children.
You'll find the Wollongong Botanic Garden in Keiraville. It's bound by Murphys Avenue, Robsons Road and Northfields Avenue.
Mount Keira Summit Park
Located on the top of the Illawarra escarpment, Mount Keira Summit Park provides incredible views of the region.
Pioneer Park, on the corner of Kembla and Bank streets, Wollongong, was originally a cemetery. Now it's a popular spot for wedding ceremonies and photographs. The garden has more than 1600 rose bushes, which are in bloom from late November until March.
You can book Pioneer Park for private functions by calling us on (02) 4227 7111.
Illawarra Rhododendron Gardens
Illawarra Rhododendron Gardens is open during all seasons, and is a popular venue for weddings. The site is managed by volunteers, and is not a Council park. Please call 0490 069 360 for booking enquiries.