The seaside resort of Wollongong boasts miles of beaches, a thriving arts scene and several must see attractions. As it’s only about 50 miles from Sydney, it’s popular with Sydneysiders looking for a weekend escape, as well as those looking for a longer stay. The city’s top sights include the Aviation Museum, the Asian designed Nan Tien Temple and the nearby scenic 100 mile Grand Pacific Drive. Accommodation in Wollongong is varied, and although there are some luxury properties, many places appeal to backpackers and families on a budget. Several boutique hotels offer travelers a more intimate and personal experience, while a range of self catering options allows visitors to spend less and enjoy more space. Within easy reach of the resort are several campsites, many of them free to stay at, and some located just a few minutes’ walk from the beach.