Okay, so you have booked the perfect Wollongong coastal holiday, organised time off work with a rough plan of relaxing and getting away. The temptation is to leave the rest to chance and make it up when you get here.  That is a perfectly good plan if you intend on laying on the beach and not much else but in my experience relaxing often entails eating out at a great restaurant, getting a massage or a facial or doing something new and unique. Below is my list of ideas that should be booked to get the best from the Wollongong coast;

  1. Massage
    A good masseuse or beautician is as rare as hen's teeth and when us locals find someone good we get in early and book our dates in. For a fantastic peaceful and relaxing massage look no further than Touch of Thai in Thirroul the setting is tranquil and the service is bliss.  If you have months of stress in your back and shoulders and need a good remedial pounding then BaiMed is your go-to.
  2. Facials
    If you are well prepared then you may be able to nab a session at the ibah Austinmer spa it is booked 3 months in advance so if you miss out, you might be able to book into their Thirroul Spa.  You can't go past the Novetel's Spa in Wollongong it is ideal if you want to go for cheeky drink post-facial.
  3. Entertainment
    Wollongong has the fantastic Ipac theatre which hosts both regional and travelling shows - be sure to book ahead as the theatre has a strong subscription and local following.  Good live music can be found at the Heritage Hotel in Bulli, Anita's Theatre in Thirroul or the Towradgi Beach Hotel.
  4. Restaurants
    Most restaurants in the area can handle walk-in diners however there are few special ones where you will want to reserve a table.  Use the power of the internet restaurant reviews to narrow down your favourite and book in for a great table at a reasonable hour. Wollongong Best Restaurants - Trip Advisor. 18 Eateries to Try in Wollongong. Dining in Thirroul.  Our current favourites are Lupa, Babyface, The North Beach Pavilion in Wollongong. Honest Don's, Bread and Espresso, Para in Thirroul. All and Sundry in Woonona and Frank n Beans, and Table 426 in Corrimal.
  5. Something Quirky
    For something a little offbeat you could book in a Skydive, Hang gliding, Motorbike tour, Illawarra Fly, a mad spin class at Blue Athletic, mediation class at Nan Tien Temple, surf lesson, Sunset cinema at the Botanic gardens, a stroll through the Wombarra sculpture gardens and the list goes on.