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Shae Killey4 years ago

Explore unique Wollongong attractions with mum

It's no secret mothers care more about how you spend your Mother's Day, than how much money you throw at it! Don't think you can buy a beautiful bunch of flowers and then your job is done. Free up your entire Sunday and spend the afternoon laughing and conversing with the woman who brought you into the world. If your mum is of the outgoing variety, there's a range of exciting activities you can take her to that will ensure she has a great day. From glow worm tunnels to waterfalls, we've done all the organising and provided you with a Wollongong day of nature she won't forget.

Along with these one-of-a-kind natural attractions, we’ve found a couple of great Wollongong cafes that you can catch up over a coffee or a quality meal. It doesn’t matter whether you choose one of these activities or all five, your mum is sure to have a blast as long as you’re by her side.

16 Feet Espresso

Enjoy a coffee and some fresh air, 16 Feet Espresso - Wollongong
Enjoy a coffee and some fresh air, 16 Feet Espresso – Wollongong

If you would rather treat your mother to a beautiful cafe style breakfast instead of serving her up burnt bacon cooked by yours truly, stop in at 16 Feet Espresso before your Helensburgh Glow Worm Tunnel experience. This quaint little cafe makes for a great location to spoil your mum with a beautiful tasting coffee. If the weather is on your side, sit in the alfresco garden seating area where you can immerse yourself in the serenity that the overhanging trees and rustic table settings create. There’s a range of delicious breakfast options to choose from, but the big brekky is certainly most popular. Dog-friendly as well, even the furry members of the family can celebrate Mother’s Day.
Where: 91A Lawrence Hargrave Drive Stanwell Park Wollongong NSW

Helensburgh Glow Worm Tunnel

Head down to Helensburgh to enjoy a light show courtesy of the many Glow Worms that call this setting home. This one isn’t for the glamorous mums as there is a bit of mud involved, so make sure you pack the gumboots if you don’t want her favourite shoes to get ruined. Don’t worry, it’s all worth it once these glowing bugs do their thing and you’re treated to a cosmic experience.
Where: 2H Vera Street Helensburgh Wollongong NSW

Kellys Falls

Just a five minute walk from the roadside, grab your picnic blanket and trek to Kellys Falls for a beautiful afternoon tea with the cascading falls as your soundtrack. Be sure to keep an eye out for a variety of the interesting native birds that call this place home. You can head up to one of the four lookouts nearby or just sit back and enjoy Kellys Falls in all its glory.
Where: Kellys Falls Stanwell Tops Wollongong NSW

Illawarra Escarpment Trails

For some of the best views in the entire Wollongong region you can’t go past the Illawarra Escarpment Trails. If your mum is a keen jogger or cyclist, you can enjoy the many escarpment bush tracks that wrap around this conservation area with a beautiful view at every turn. Otherwise, if your mum is the type to laugh at the thought of exercise on Mother’s Day, just bring the picnic blanket for some quality bonding and relaxation with minimal fuss.
Where: Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area Tarrawanna Wollongong NSW

Bulli Beach Cafe

Eat while watching the waves roll in, Bulli Beach Cafe - Wollongong
Eat while watching the waves roll in, Bulli Beach Cafe – Wollongong

If picnicking at one of these natural Wollongong attractions isn’t your mums style, then head to the Bulli Beach Cafe for some superb lunchtime selections. As if your mum hadn’t already been treated to enough picturesque views for one day, she can now munch down her lunch overlooking the beach from Waniora Point. Relax with a glass of wine or a delicious cocktail while picking from their versatile menu. A favourite among locals is the Seafood Basket that includes salt and pepper prawns, seasonal squid, barramundi and chips with lemon and aioli. Bulli Beach Cafe provides a casual dining experience that is the perfect way to end a great day with your beloved mother – just make sure it’s YOU that pays the bill!
Where: Lot 68 Trinity Row Bulli Wollongong NSW

Have you already planned your Mother’s Day in Wollongong? Tell us what you’ll be doing or which cafes you’ll be visiting below.