Towradgi Accommodation + Holiday Guide
The Towradgi Accommodation and Holiday guide is a local’s tour of this amazing little coastal village with a lot to offer. Towradgi is a hidden gem just 5 km from Wollongong, a quiet seaside town with beautiful views of the coast to the north and across Wollongong to the south. An outdoor recreation hub with parklands complete with picnic areas and BBQ’s. A children’s playground, a large ocean pool adjoined by a smaller kid’s pool and long stretches of beach on both sides of the point. It is part of the coastal path that stretches all the way from Coalcliff to Wollongong. However, if you like your recreation a little slower head to the bowling club across the road for fantastic food, cold drinks and the gentle pace of lawn bowls.
Part of Australian naval history south of the point on the beach is where George Bass and Matthew Flinders attempted to land. Their vessel the Tom Thumb was filled with water but they managed to bail it out and continue having collected water from nearby Towradgi Creek. It is also the location of the infamous sinking of the Queen of Nations wrecked in the 1880s by a drunk captain who was atypically transporting alcohol. Look out for the commemorative plague to find out more.
Towradgi Accommodation: Where to Stay
Towradgi Hotels: Towradgi offers either serviced apartments at the Quality Suites Pioneer Sands or motel style accommodation at
Towradgi Holiday Houses: you can, of course, check out Emerald + Aqua, Airbnb or Stayz for a great range of holiday homes that are private and offer the chance to experience life like a local.
Photographer: Joshua Forbes | Source: Unsplash
Towradgi Accommodation: What to Bring
- Sunglasses and sunblock: Always a must as you are likely to spend the whole day out and about in the sun.
- Large brimmed hat: Don't end the day with a red face and painful sunburn.
- Water bottle: Reduce plastic and be prepared for where ever the day takes you.
- Beach Towels: You often can't take towels from hotels or holiday homes to the beach so it’s best to bring your own.
- Camera: I know everyone uses their phones now. But the beach and coastline are breathtaking so take some shots you might actually want to frame. Otherwise Instagram the hell out of everything.
- Comfortable shoes: Include a cool pair of sandals for wandering around, thongs for the beach, hiking boots and runners. A thigh busting run along the coast will earn you all the cake you want to eat.
- Swimsuits galore: more than one pair so you can shake it up a bit and let them dry out between swims.
- Beach toys: Towradgi beach has a wide expanse of sand for the kids to build a whole fort if they want to.
- Books: There is a bookshop in Thirroul well worth visiting or three in Wollongong. But if you want to hit the beach ready to relax then bring a few with you.
Towradgi Railway Station
Towradgi Accommodation: Getting around
By car from Sydney CBD, it will take you about 1 hour and 17 minutes.
From Parramatta for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
On the train from Sydney Central, you are looking at about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Towradgi train station is located on Towradgi Road and it is easy to find and use. There are nice pathways either side of the platform. There is covered seating that makes this station a great choice rain, hail or shine
Sketch Coffee and Art - Photographer: Adam McClean Source: Illawarra Mercury
Towradgi Accommodation: Where to Eat
What Towradgi lacks in variety it makes up for with ease the food is simple and fresh.
Sketch Coffee & Art – offers a good coffee, fresh ample sized meals at a reasonable price and interesting art and crafts to keep you entertained. A local’s favourite it is also pet and family friendly.
The Towradgi Beach Hotel - affectionately name the TBH it is a large pub catering to all ages and tastes. It offers a bistro, pizza menu and lots of snacks. There is live music, a kids playground, lots of outdoor seating and a generally fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Towradgi Park Bowls and Recreation Club – lifts the ‘bowlo’ to a new level the food is fresh, very well priced and huge servings. With views of the park and ocean, it has a lovely feel and the staff are friendly and helpful. We recommend the iced coffee if you are stopping off on the coastal walk or bike ride.
Towradgi Kids Playground
Towradgi Accommodation: What to do with Kids
Towradgi Park – is a kids dream, the playground has enough variety and different sections to keep the kids well occupied and the surrounding grass area is ideal for throwing a ball or Frisbee around. There is also a kid’s ocean pool across from the park and a great toilet block with showers.
The Towradgi Beach Hotel – has a small kid’s playground and offers kids activities during school holidays and kids meals that come with ice cream.
Towradgi Beach – has a long expanse of sand ideal for building sand castles, finding shells and long walks.
The Coastal Bike/Walking path – it is a short ride from Towradgi to the Stuart Park kid’s playground the ride is flat and easy and the park has the Lagoon Kiosk behind it which offers ice cream for kids and coffee for grownups.
Towradgi Accommodation: Things to know
Supermarket: Both Woolworths and Coles are at Fairy Meadow on the Princess Highway
Butcher: Paul Quality Meat Princes Highway Fairy Meadow
Chemist: Andrews Pharmacy Princes Highway Corrimal
Pizza Delivery: Domino’s Pizza Fairy Meadow
Medical Centre: Towradgi Medical Centre – Princes Highway Corrimal