If you can tear yourself away from this comfortably luxe home and the view, there is a wealth of heritage and cultural attractions within a short distance on this historic wild coastline with its coalmining villages and fascinating industrial heritage. Big city convenience, restaurants, cafes and delis can be found a short drive south in the bustling seaside communities, yet a short break at “Seacliffs” will transport you to another slower, more relaxing time.
Sea Cliff Bridge
Opened in 2005, the cantilevered Sea Cliff Bridge forms part of the Grand Pacific Drive linking nearby Clifton and Coalcliff. Rising above the crashing waves and hugging the dramatic cliffs of the Illawarra escarpment the bridge has become a highlight along the Grand Pacific Drive.
Take in the breathtaking views as the sea meets soaring cliffs and check out the great beaches that dot along the coast to Scarborough and beyond. Keep an eye out for whales during migrating season.
Views don’t get much better than taking in the magnificent Illawarra escarpment while hang gliding. Watch local hang gliders who take off from Stanwell Park’s Bald Hill and soar above the mesmerising coastal landscape.
Wombarra Sculpture Garden
The Wombarra Sculpture Garden is a beautiful place to visit and experience art and nature. Set in a native rainforest against the Illawarra escarpment there are a variety of original sculptures, varying from large installations to small and whimsical works, designed for specific areas of the garden. Styles range from abstract to figurative in a variety of materials including stone, bronze, ceramic, steel and concrete. Many of the sculptures are by Gaye Porter, with other artists also contributing to the garden.
Nan Tien Temple
Pay a visit to the Nan Tien Temple which is the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere. Located on the southern outskirts of Wollongong it offers fantastic views of the surrounding area. The complex includes two massive prayer halls, impressive statues and a grand pagoda.
After being renovated to its original grandeur and charm, the heritage listed Scarborough Hotel features a picturesque beer garden, delicious restaurant and remarkable ocean views. Built in 1886, the magnificent Scarborough Hotel is a short walk from Seacliffs.