Student Travel: Wollongong - Kiama
It was a very busy semester for all of us. Luckily, we could enjoy the winter break now. My friends and I decided to go somewhere not too far from Sydney but still full of tourist attractions. In our list, Wollongong seemed to be the perfect match. It's not too far for us to go back and quite cost-effective for our student budgets. Furthermore, we were also able to visit Kiama where the Kiama blowhole is located. Since it was a very long trip with 3 hours on train (one way) and we had to take many buses, we bought a MyMulti ticket for travelling which was $21 each.
Wollongong is located on the south side of Sydney along the coastal line between IIIawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean. It's famous for many beatiful beaches and the Nan Tien Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the southern hemisphere. Because Kiama is only 40 min by train to the south of Wollongong, we also decided to go there.
In our plan, we would start off at 7am. After 3 hours taking the train, we would reach North Wollongong Beach, we then went to Nan Tien Temple. Next, we would be visiting Kiama Blowhole as our last location. The trip lasted longer than expected since we stayed at Kiama for quite some time. We also went to a small restaurant after coming back to Sydney Central Station. Hence, instead of arriving home at 7pm, we were back home at 9pm. In my personal feeling, it was a great trip with lots of fun with my dear friends. However, we spent quite a considerable amount of time in Kiama which was actually unnecessary. Instead of that, we could have gone to City Beach (South Wollongong Beach) before going to Kiama.