WollongongNestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Illawarra forest escarpment, this midsized city in New South Wales provides plenty for the Australian tourist to see and do. Australia is known for its beaches, and few cities rival Wollongong for both beauty and sheer number.

The Gong, as it is affectionately known, provides no less than 17 surf beaches with public access. Board and windsurfing, swimming, fishing and boating are all available for the adventurous. For the more laid back, simply picnic or lounge on the sand. For a more breathtaking view, take advantage of one of the numerous lookouts along the Illawarra Escarpment over looking the city and the ocean.

A treetop view of the forest can be had with the Illawarra Fly Zip line Tour, where guests can ride among the forest trees on zip line and harness. For more sightseeing, the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple is larger than any in the southern half of the world. Its beauty makes it well worth the trip. After a day of sightseeing and playing, Wollongong IPAC is a first rate performing arts center.

No trip to Wollongong would be complete without making a stop at The Builders Club entertainment complex and casino. It is a part of the Australian Poker League, the largest poker club in the world. Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments are conducted 4 times weekly. If poker isn’t your game, try the innovative bingo complex, with more than 30 games available.

Entertainment isn’t left out at the Builders Club, where Jazz music, stand up comedy and karaoke are highlights of the casino. For dining, the Builders Club offers Julianna’s all you can eat buffet, an upclass bistro with a well valued menu and the Hennessy Café provides a wide array of coffee choices along with a light menu. You won’t go hungry at the Builders Club.  Another popular casino in the area is the Star Casino.