TRAVEL WEEKENDER

This is the NSW South Coast in 48 hours

The journey began at Folly Bridge near Oxford and ended five miles away in the village of Godstow.

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13:00 Arriving in Wollongong, the south coasts’s largest city, make your way to The Illawara Brewery (thebrewery.net.au) for a much needed feed. Try a range of handcrafted beers brewed in the area. The Koelsch cleaned up at the Australian International Beer Awards last year and goes down mighty fine with a plate of sliders. Kick back here for a few hours trying some of their brews while taking in views of City Beach. 

16:00 Keep your spirits merry and meander over to The Little Prince (thelittleprince.com.au). This small bar in the heart of the Gong has happy hour from 4-7pm (Wed-Sat) where you can enjoy a Mojito for $10. If you're feeling peckish, choose a few dishes from their Tapas menu. 

19:00 Before you skip off to dinner, unpack your bags at the Sage Hotel Wollongong (silverneedlehotels.com), your accommodation for the night. This spacious and ultra-modern hotel is a stone's throw from Wollongong’s foreshore and offers sweeping views of the ocean. 

20:00 Stroll along Flagstaff Hill and take in the historical fort and lighthouse before heading to Bombora Seafood (bomboraseafood.com.au) for a seafood dinner. Located on the water of Wollongong Harbour, the seafood is caught daily and is reasonably priced. Tip: order the caramelised garlic bread. It is simply amazing. 

DAY 2:

9:00 Wake up feeling fresh and hit the buffet at the Chifley. Try not to eat too much because you have a dizzying day ahead. Pick up your wheels, stopping off for a decent coffee. Hidden in North Wollongong is the little gem Ka-Fe. The baristas will make you a freshly roasted cup that will get you buzzing for your next level of self discovery.

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10:00 Arriving at Southern Biplane Adventures (southernbiplanes.com.au) you're about to hop into a sexy red Biplane, the Lilly Warra (try saying that 10 times when you're nervous). You're heading up into the sky for an aerobatic joy flight. Experience G forces of up to +6g and -5g as you twist, turn and tumble through the skies above the Illawarra escarpment and coastline. I hope you have a strong stomach. 

12:00 With the Tasman Sea to the east and Lake Illawara to the west, Shellharbour is a mecca for nature enthusiasts. After your time hurtling through the sky, this area is perfect for unwinding. If you're a keen diver, Bushrangers Bay is good for spotting Moray eels, cuttlefish and big schools of fish. 

13:00 You're no doubt feeling hungry again so settle in at Relish on Addison (relishonaddison.com.au). On the balcony you'll receive beautiful views of the village and sea. 

14:00 Don't get too relaxed because action is just around the corner at Jambaroo Action Park (jamberoo.net). After driving through the stunning green mountains, you'll arrive at the biggest theme park in the state. There are many thrills to be had including the new 'Funnel Web', the longest and gnarliest slide in the southern hemisphere. It will make your stomach turn just looking at it. A fitting end to a wild couple of days testing your abilities and reaching new heights. Well done. As Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, "Do one thing every day that scares you." The NSW south coast has you covered.